from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who lives in isolation or seclusion, especially for religious reasons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as anchoret.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See anchoret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one retired from society for religious reasons
Middle English, from Medieval Latin anchōrīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Late Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein, to retire : ana-, ana- + khōrein, to make room for, withdraw (from khōros, place; see ghē- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀναχωρητής (anakhōrētēs, "anchoret"), from ἀναχωρέω (anakhōreō, "I withdraw, retire"), via Latin anachorēta ("anchorite"). (Wiktionary)