from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who lives in a wilderness or in retirement; a hermit.
  • noun Specifically In church hist., in the earlier period, a Christian who, to escape persecution, fled to a solitary place, and there led a life of contemplation and asceticism.
  • noun Synonyms See anchoret.
  • Eremitic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A hermit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hermit; a religious recluse, someone who lives alone.

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

  • noun a Christian recluse


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

[Middle English, from Late Latin erēmīta; see hermit.]

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From Late Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs), from ἐρημία (erēmia, "desert"), from ἐρῆμος (erēmos, "uninhabited").



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  • But long ere scarce a third of his passed by,

    Worse than adversity the Childe befell;

    He felt the fulness of satiety:

    Then loathed he in his native land to dwell,

    Which seemed to him more lone than eremite’s sad cell.

    Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

    May 30, 2009

  • "A French monk at the abbey of Ligugé argued that the rules developed for Eastern ascetics did not apply with the same force to a Frenchman, because, well, the French are different: 'That a Cyrenean can bear to eat nothing but cooked herbs and barley bread is because nature and necessity have accustomed him to eating nothing.' What was true of an Eastern eremite did not suit French conditions: 'We Gauls, we cannot live like angels.'"

    --Jack Turner, _Spice: The History of a Temptation_ (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), 278

    December 6, 2016