Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
  • n. A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite.
  • n. A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship.
  • n. A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives.
  • n. A beadsman; one bound to pray for another.
  • n. A spiced molasses cookie, often containing chopped raisins and nuts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who dwells alone, or with but few companions, in a desert or other solitary place, for religious meditation, or from a desire to avoid society. See anchoret.
  • n. A beadsman; one bound to pray for another.
  • n. In zoology, one of sundry animals of solitary or secluded habits. See the compounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one retired from society for religious reasons
  • n. one who lives in solitude

Etymologies

Middle English heremite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin herēmīta, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmītēs, from erēmiā, desert, from erēmos, solitary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French eremite, from Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (eremites, "person of the desert") from ἐρημία (eremia, "desert, solitude", from ἔρημος or ἐρῆμος eremos "uninhabited") plus the -ίτης suffix. (Wiktionary)

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  • Even hermits get to dance; that's why your brain HAS a right and left foot.
    (One guy would hum to himself:
    "Ho, ho,
    Where 'er I go,
    I join myself
    Out on the floor.")

    --Jan Cox

    April 20, 2007