Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[ang-kuh-rahyt] /ˈæŋ kəˌraɪt/
a person who has retired to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion; hermit.
Also, anchoret.
Origin of anchorite
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English anc(h)orite, conflation of Middle English ancre (Old English ancra, ancer) and Old French anacorite or Medieval Latin anachōrīta < Late Greek anachōrētḗs, equivalent to Greek anachōrē-, stem of anachōreîn to withdraw (ana- ana- + chōreîn to give way, verbal derivative of chôros space) + -tēs agent suffix; Old English forms < Old Irish *ancharae < Late Latin anachōrēta < Late Greek
Related forms
[ang-kuh-rit-ik] /ˌæŋ kəˈrɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
anchoritically, adverb
[ang-kuh-rahy-tiz-uh m] /ˈæŋ kə raɪˌtɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for anchorite
Historical Examples
  • He was, to the eyes of men, studious and holy as an anchorite.

  • The church itself was frequently the habitation of the anchorite.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Why that man has conversation for the prince and the peasant—the courtier and the anchorite.

  • At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.

    Father Sergius Leo Tolstoy
  • He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • His philosophy had   made him neither an ascetic nor an anchorite.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • "She is enough to tempt an anchorite," declares Mr. Murray, gallantly.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He dressed himself like an automaton, and breakfasted like an anchorite.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • Dumb were its walls as when they refused to return the murmured orisons of the anchorite.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • And without paying any heed to the anchorite, he was on the point of hurrying off to meet her.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for anchorite


a person who lives in seclusion, esp a religious recluse; hermit
Derived Forms
anchoress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin anchorīta, from Late Latin anachōrēta, from Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein to retire, withdraw, from khōra a space
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for anchorite

mid-15c., "hermit (especially those of the Eastern deserts), recluse, one who withdraws from the world for religious reasons," from Medieval Latin anchorita, from Greek anakhoretes, literally "one who has retired," agent noun from anakhorein "to retreat, go back, retire," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + khorein "withdraw, give place," from khoros "place, space, free space, room." Replaced Old English ancer, from Late Latin anchoreta.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for anchorite

Word Value for anchorite

Scrabble Words With Friends