What does hermit mean?

Definitions for hermit
ˈhɜr mɪther·mit

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anchorite, hermitnoun

    one retired from society for religious reasons

  2. hermit, recluse, solitary, solitudinarian, troglodytenoun

    one who lives in solitude


  1. hermitnoun

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

  2. hermitnoun

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

  3. hermitnoun

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

  4. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HERMITnoun

    Etymology: hermite, French; contracted from eremite, ἐϱημίτης.

    A wither’d hermit, fivescore Winters worn,
    Might shake off fifty looking in her eye. William Shakespeare.

    You were pleased to lay this command upon me, to give you my poor advice for your carriage in so eminent a place: I humbly return you mine opinion, such as an hermit rather than a courtier can render. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    He had been duke of Savoy, and, after a very glorious reign, took on him the habit of a hermit, and retired into this solitary spot. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Come, inspiration, from thy hermit seat,
    By mortals seldom found. James Thomson, Summer.

    For those of old,
    And the late dignities heap’d up to them,
    We rest your hermit. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Hermit

    A hermit, also known as an eremite (adjectival form: hermitic or eremitic) or solitary, is a person who lives in seclusion. Eremitism plays a role in a variety of religions.


  1. hermit

    A hermit is a person who lives in solitude, often for religious or philosophical reasons. This individual may choose to live in seclusion from society, often in remote locations such as forests or mountains. Hermits might isolate themselves for various reasons, such as to focus on prayer, spiritual contemplation, simplicity, or simply to escape from societal interactions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hermitnoun

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

  2. Hermitnoun

    a beadsman; one bound to pray for another

  3. Etymology: [OE. ermite, eremite, heremit, heremite, F. hermite, ermite, L. eremita, Gr. , fr. lonely, solitary. Cf. Eremite.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hermit

    hėr′mit, n. one who retires from society and lives in solitude or in the desert for purposes of devotion: one of certain animals of solitary habit.—ns. Her′mitāge, Her′mitary, the dwelling of a hermit: a retired abode: a wine produced near Valence, in Drôme; Her′mit-crab, the name of a family of crustaceans notable for their habit of sheltering themselves in gasteropod shells.—adj. Hermit′ical, relating to a hermit. [M. E. eremite, through Fr. and L. from Gr. erēmitēserēmos, solitary.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hermit in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hermit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of hermit in a Sentence

  1. Atsushi Sogabe:

    I thought that the hermit crab that had invaded the inside of the tire could not escape due to the recurved inner structure of the tire and consequently die, i wanted to prove this to Atsushi Sogabe.

  2. Michelle Wie:

    Ive been sitting as much as I can, last week I was like laying down on the golf course. Basically, Im just a hermit crab this week. Im just sleeping as much as I can and not leaving my room ; just really trying to keep my energy levels up.

  3. Jean Cocteau:

    If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.

  4. Charles Cooley:

    The mind is not a hermit's cell, but a place of hospitality and intercourse.

  5. Konstantin Gorozhanko:

    He's like a hermit.

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