[hur-mi-tij or for 3, er-mi-tahzh]
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  1. the habitation of a hermit.
  2. any secluded place of residence or habitation; retreat; hideaway.
  3. (initial capital letter) a palace in Leningrad built by Catherine II and now used as an art museum.

Origin of hermitage

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French. See hermit, -age
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Related Words for hermitage

cloister, retreat, abbey, monastery

Examples from the Web for hermitage

Contemporary Examples of hermitage

Historical Examples of hermitage

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

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

  • Why not go to the Hermitage since my push-cart income permits of it?

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • The other day, one 222 who visited the Hermitage, spoke to me of you, O Khalid.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Rather let us to the Hermitage, Reader, and with an honest heart; in earnest, not in sport.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It was a charming refuge—a hermitage in the midst of a crowd.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for hermitage


  1. the abode of a hermit
  2. any place where a person may live in seclusion; retreat


  1. the Hermitage an art museum in St Petersburg, originally a palace built by Catherine the Great


  1. a full-bodied red or white wine from the Rhône valley at Tain-l'Ermitage, in SE France
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Word Origin and History for hermitage

late 13c., "dwelling place of a hermit," from Old French hermitage, from Latin heremite (see hermit). Earlier in the same sense was hermitorie (c.1200), from Medieval Latin hermitorium. Transferred sense of "solitary or secluded dwelling place" is from 1640s.

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