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[hur-mit] /ˈhɜr mɪt/
a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.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
1175-1225; Middle English ermite, hermite, heremite < Old French < Late Latin erēmīta < Greek erēmītḗs living in a desert, equivalent to erḗm(ia) desert (derivative of erêmos desolate) + -ītēs -ite1
Related forms
hermitic, hermitical, hermitish, adjective
hermitically, adverb
hermitlike, adjective
hermitry, hermitship, noun
unhermitic, adjective
unhermitical, adjective
unhermitically, adverb
1. eremite, monastic, anchorite, cenobite. Unabridged
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  • Its our old friend the hermit of the mill, explained Tom in a low voice.

    Tom Fairfield in Camp Allen Chapman
  • And I likewise hope we find the hermit, if there really is such a creature.

  • For the trial of Luke the hermit, that famous trial which to this day they are still talking of in Puddleby, was over.

  • “Two of them, Abraham,” said the hermit; and then all hands laughed.

  • With these words, the hermit retired into the recesses of the cave, and Luis issued into the open air.

    The Prime Minister W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for hermit


one of the early Christian recluses
any person living in solitude
Derived Forms
hermitic, hermitical, adjective
hermitically, adverb
hermit-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hermite, from Late Latin erēmīta, from Greek erēmitēs living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos lonely
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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.

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