WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
her•mit /ˈhɝmɪt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- a person who lives in solitude, esp. for reasons of religion.
- a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
- any person living in seclusion;
- Zoology[Zool.]an animal of solitary habits.
- Birds[Ornith.]any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
- Fooda spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
- [Obs.]a beadsman.
her•mit′ic, her•mit′i•cal, her′mit•ish, adj.
her′mit•ry, her′mit•ship′, n.
1 . eremite, monastic, anchorite, cenobite.
- Greek erēmīté̄s living in a desert, equivalent. to eré̄m(ia) desert (derivative of erêmos desolate) + -ītēs -ite1
- Late Latin erēmīta
- Old French
- Middle English ermite, hermite, heremite 1175–1225
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hermit /ˈhɜːmɪt/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French hermite, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmitēs living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos lonelyherˈmitic, herˈmitical adj herˈmitically adv ˈhermit-ˌlike adj
- one of the early Christian recluses
- any person living in solitude
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