[ stahy-lahyt ]
/ ˈstaɪ laɪt /

noun Ecclesiastical History.

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


sty·lit·ic [stahy-lit-ik] /staɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stylite

  • Simeon the Stylite comes down from his pillar-top, and chaffers in the market-place with common folks.

  • 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
  • This old monk was St. Luke the Stylite, appearing in vision.

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

    Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo

British Dictionary definitions for stylite

/ (ˈstaɪlaɪt) /


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

Derived forms of stylite

stylitic (staɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for stylite

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