- a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
- any person living in seclusion; recluse.
- Zoology. an animal of solitary habits.
- Ornithology. any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
- a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
- Obsolete. a beadsman.
Origin of hermit
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Examples from the Web for hermit
The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
How ironic that the Hermit Kingdom is taking the blame for our first real look inside a clique that not even Vice dares penetrate.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
Someone called him a hermit crab lurking in the halls of the United Nations.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
The Hermit Kingdom has opened its embassy doors for an exhibit highlighting the work of six artists from its state-run studio.North Korea’s Propaganda Art Exhibit in London
November 6, 2014
Considering the grand tradition of un-predictability in the Hermit Kingdom, there are countless other possibilities.Gout or Out: North Korea’s No-Show Leader Keeps ‘Em Guessing
October 11, 2014
So he became again a hermit, as in the early days at Brienne school.The Boy Life of Napoleon
"I prefer Beattie's Hermit to all other hermits," said Leonora.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
"It's lonesome enough for any sort of a hermit," said Fenn, as he paused and looked about him.Frank Roscoe's Secret
His cabin is multiplied into a hamlet, and his hermit life is gone.
So seven years passed in the Monastery and thirteen in his hermit's cell.Father Sergius
- one of the early Christian recluses
- any person living in solitude
Word Origin and History for hermit
early 12c., "religious recluse," from Old French (h)eremite, from Late Latin ermita, from Greek eremites, literally "person of the desert," from eremia "desert, solitude," from eremos "uninhabited, empty, desolate, bereft," from PIE *ere- (2) "to separate" (cf. Latin rete "net," Lithuanian retis "sieve"). Transferred sense of "person living in solitude" is from 1799. The hermit crab (1735) was so called for its solitary habits.