Definitions for hermitˈhɜr mɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

her•mitˈhɜr mɪt(n.)

  1. a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.

  2. any person living in seclusion; recluse.

  3. an animal of solitary habits.

    Category: Zoology

  4. a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of hermit:

1175–1225; ME (h)ermite, heremite < OF < LL erēmīta < Gk erēmītḗs living in a desert, from erḗm(ia) desert, der. of erêmos desolate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchorite, hermit(noun)

    one retired from society for religious reasons

  2. hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodyte(noun)

    one who lives in solitude


  1. hermit(Noun)

    A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite.

  2. hermit(Noun)

    A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship.

  3. hermit(Noun)

    A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.

  4. Origin: From eremite, from eremita, from ἐρημίτης (eremites, "person of the desert") from ἐρημία (eremia, "desert, solitude", from ἔρημος or ἐρῆμος eremos "uninhabited") plus the -ίτης suffix.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hermit(noun)

    a person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives

  2. Hermit(noun)

    a beadsman; one bound to pray for another


  1. Hermit

    A hermit is a person who lives, to some degree, in seclusion from society. In Christianity, the term was originally applied to a Christian who lives the eremitic life out of a religious conviction, namely the Desert Theology of the Old Testament. In the Christian tradition the eremitic life is an early form of monastic living that preceded the monastic life in the cenobium. The Rule of St Benedict lists hermits among four kinds of monks. In the Roman Catholic Church, in addition to hermits who are members of religious institutes, contemporary Roman Catholic Church law recognizes also consecrated hermits under the direction of their diocesan bishop as members of the Consecrated Life. The same is true in many parts of the Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church in the US, although in the canon law of the Episcopal Church they are referred to as "solitaries" rather than "hermits". Often, both in religious and secular literature, the term "hermit" is also used loosely for any Christian living a secluded prayer-focused life, and sometimes interchangeably with anchorite/anchoress, recluse and "solitary". Other religions, for example, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Taoism, also have hermits in the sense of individuals living an ascetic form of life.

Anagrams of hermit

  1. mither

Translations for hermit

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a person who lives alone, especially to devote himself to religion.

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