from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a number of early Christian ascetics who lived unsheltered on the tops of high pillars.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Christian ascetic in ancient times who lived alone on top of a tall pillar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a sect of anchorites in the early church, who lived on the tops of pillars for the exercise of their patience; -- called also pillarist and pillar saint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ecclesiastical history, one of a class of solitary ascetics who passed the greater part of their lives unsheltered on the top of high columns or pillars.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
Late Greek stūlītēs, from Greek stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ecclesiastical Greek στυλίτης (stulites), from Ancient Greek στῦλος (stulos, "pillar"). (Wiktionary)