Synonyms Word Origin a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.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
Late Latin erēmīta
living in a desert, equivalent to
) desert (derivative of
-ītēs -ite 1 Related forms her·mit·ic, her·mit·i·cal, her·mit·ish, adjective her·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb her·mit·like, adjective her·mit·ry, her·mit·ship, noun un·her·mit·ic, adjective un·her·mit·i·cal, adjective un·her·mit·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hermitry one of the early Christian recluses any person living in solitude Derived Forms hermitic or 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 hermitry hermit n.
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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