Definitions

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

  • noun The habitation of a hermit or group of hermits.
  • noun A monastery or abbey.
  • noun A place where one can live in seclusion; a retreat.
  • noun The condition or way of life of a hermit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun [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.
  • noun In landscape-gardening, a secluded building, arbor, or other feature.

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

  • noun The habitation of a hermit; a secluded residence.
  • noun A celebrated French wine, both white and red, of the Department of Drôme.

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

  • noun A house or dwelling where a hermit lives.
  • noun A place of seclusion.
  • noun A period of seclusion.

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

  • noun the abode of a hermit

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French hermitage, from heremite, hermit; see hermit.]

Examples

  • "It is because you are living in what you call your hermitage that I have come," rejoined Agnes, with a slight color deepening her cheeks.

    Red Money

  • It was with difficulty Lord Belmont forced us at night from this charming retirement, which he calls his hermitage, and which is the scene of his most pleasing hours.

    The history of Lady Julia Mandeville

  • And her hermitage is seen to this day in the suburbs of

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Though I live in a mining town in northern Saskatchewan, in a place my Toronto friend jokingly calls a hermitage, a larger writing community is just a click away.

    Causing a Scene – Brenda Schmidt

  • The Carshalton Water Tower Trust cares for this superb building, which is available for local events and celebrations, and commands an enchanting view of Carshalton House, the grounds, and what is now called The hermitage we called it The Grotto, and were slightly scared of the big statue of St Joseph there.

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  • The Carshalton Water Tower Trust cares for this superb building, which is available for local events and celebrations, and commands an enchanting view of Carshalton House, the grounds, and what is now called The hermitage we called it The Grotto, and were slightly scared of the big statue of St Joseph there.

    In an 18th-century folly...

  • On the summit of the rock stands a hermitage, which is now in the possession of an Englishman, who was formerly master of a vessel trading to Lisbon; and, having changed his religion and his manners, the latter of which, at least, were none of the best, betook himself to this place, in order to do penance for his sins.

    The Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon

  • That which is called hermitage, and grows in this province of Dauphine, is sold on the spot for three livres a bottle.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • Sri Yukteswar called his hermitage organization SAT-SANGA, “fellowship with truth.”

    Autobiography of a Yogi

  • On the summit of the rock stands a hermitage, which is now in the possession of an Englishman, who was formerly master of a vessel trading to Lisbon; and, having changed his religion and his manners, the latter of which, at least, were none of the best, betook himself to this place, in order to do penance for his sins.

    The Works of Henry Fielding, Volume Six: Miscellanies

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  • Lately, my office.

    November 14, 2008

  • I hear ya, pal.

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  • Reesetee and elgiad, do you work in palatial offices that are filled with many of the world's greatest paintings? I'm jealous!

    November 14, 2008

  • Oh sure, it's great and all, rolig, but sometimes you just get a little tired of all that splendor. ;->

    November 14, 2008

  • Alas, I am stricken with bare walls and no window to the outside world.

    November 14, 2008

  • Wait... I thought we were talking about Andrew Jackson's homestead.

    November 14, 2008

  • No, that has windows.

    November 14, 2008

  • Ohh.

    *wonders if we could take up a collection and send elgiad a window*

    November 14, 2008

  • Ooh! Me too! I lost mine in the move last month. :-(

    November 14, 2008

  • I shouldn't complain. I do have a private office where I can listen to music while I work. On a quiet day it's probably as peaceful as a hermitage.

    November 14, 2008