WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
her•mit /ˈhɝmɪt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who lives in solitude, esp. for reasons of religion.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
her•mit  (hûrmit), 
  1. a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
  2. any person living in seclusion;
  3. Zoology[Zool.]an animal of solitary habits.
  4. Birds[Ornith.]any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
  5. Fooda spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
  6. [Obs.]a beadsman.
  • 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
her•mitic, her•miti•cal, hermit•ish, adj. 
her•miti•cal•ly, adv. 
hermit•like′, adj. 
hermit•ry, hermit•ship′, n. 
1 . eremite, monastic, anchorite, cenobite.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hermit /ˈhɜːmɪt/ n
  1. one of the early Christian recluses
  2. any person living in solitude
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French hermite, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmitēs living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos lonely

herˈmitic, herˈmitical adj herˈmitically adv ˈhermit-ˌlike adj

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