[ er-uh-mahyt ]
/ ˈɛr əˌmaɪt /


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

Origin of eremite

1150–1200; Middle English < Late Latin erēmīta hermit

Related forms

er·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

Examples from the Web for eremitic

  • His messengers have gone hither and thither, to the monasteries, the convents, and the eremitic colonies wherever accessible.

British Dictionary definitions for eremitic


/ (ˈɛrɪˌmaɪt) /


a Christian hermit or recluseCompare coenobite

Derived Forms

eremitic (ˌɛrɪˈmɪtɪk) or eremitical, adjectiveeremitism (ˈɛrɪmaɪˌtɪzəm), noun

Word Origin for eremite

C13: see hermit
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