[ er-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈɛr əˌmaɪt /


a hermit or recluse, especially one under a religious vow.

Nearby words

  1. erector,
  2. erector muscle of hair,
  3. erector muscle of spine,
  4. erector set,
  5. erelong,
  6. eremitic,
  7. eremophilous,
  8. eremophyte,
  9. eremurus,
  10. erenburg

Origin of eremite

1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit

Related formser·e·mit·ic [er-uh-mit-ik] /ˌɛr əˈmɪt ɪk/, er·e·mit·i·cal, er·e·mit·ish [er-uh-mahy-tish] /ˈɛr əˌmaɪ tɪʃ/, adjectiveer·e·mit·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eremite


/ (ˈɛrɪˌmaɪt) /


a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite
Derived Formseremitic (ˌɛrɪˈmɪtɪk) or eremitical, adjectiveeremitism (ˈɛrɪmaɪˌtɪzəm), noun

Word Origin for eremite

C13: see hermit

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Word Origin and History for eremite



c.1200, learned form of hermit (q.v.), from Church Latin eremita. Since mid-17c. in poetic or rhetorical use only, except in reference to specific examples in early Church history. Related: Eremitic; eremitical.

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