[ stahy-lahyt ]
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nounEcclesiastical History.
  1. one of a class of solitary ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.

Origin of stylite

1630–40; <Late Greek stȳlī́tēs, equivalent to stŷl(os) pillar + -itēs-ite1

Other words from stylite

  • sty·lit·ic [stahy-lit-ik], /staɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective

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How to use stylite in a sentence

  • A stylite might have contented himself there; Gilliatt, more luxurious in his requirements, wanted something more commodious.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • This old monk was St. Luke the stylite, appearing in vision.

    Curiosities of Olden Times | S. Baring-Gould
  • He stopped, some paces from the column, and began to examine the stylite, wiping his face meanwhile with the skirt of his toga.

    Thais | Anatole France
  • Simeon the stylite comes down from his pillar-top, and chaffers in the market-place with common folks.

British Dictionary definitions for stylite


/ (ˈstaɪlaɪt) /

  1. Christianity one of a class of recluses who in ancient times lived on the top of high pillars

Origin of stylite

C17: from Late Greek stulitēs, from Greek stulos a pillar

Derived forms of stylite

  • stylitic (staɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective

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