American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The habitation of a hermit or group of hermits.
- n. A monastery or abbey.
- n. A place where one can live in seclusion; a retreat.
- n. The condition or way of life of a hermit.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habitation of a hermit or of a company of hermits; a hermit's cell or hut, usually in a desert or solitary place; hence, any secluded habitation.
- n. [capitalized] A French wine produced from vineyards on the sides of a hill rising from the river Rhône near Valence, in the department of Drôme: so called from a hermitage which anciently existed there. The red Hermitage is the most celebrated and most abundant; very little of the white Hermitage is made, and still less of the straw-colored or paille. Also Ermitage.
- n. In landscape-gardening, a secluded building, arbor, or other feature.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The habitation of a hermit; a secluded residence.
- n. A celebrated French wine, both white and red, of the Department of Drôme.
- n. the abode of a hermit
- Middle English, from Old French hermitage, from heremite, hermit; see hermit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Sri Yukteswar called his hermitage organization SAT-SANGA, “fellowship with truth.””
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