Simple Definition of hermitage
: a place where a hermit lives
: a house or building that is far away from other houses, buildings, or people
Examples of hermitage in a sentence
On weekends he escapes to his hermitage in the mountains.
<the artist's desert hermitage was a small adobe house at the end of a long dusty road>
Did You Know?
Hermitage is of course related to hermit, a word for one who retreats from society to live in solitude, often for religious reasons. The origins of hermitage and hermit are found in Greek. Erēmos (meaning "desolate") gave rise to erēmia (meaning "desert") and eventually to the noun erēmitēs, which was used for a person living in the desert, or, more broadly, for a recluse. The word journeyed from Greek to Latin to Anglo-French to Middle English, where it eventually transformed into hermit. The related hermitage was borrowed into English from Anglo-French in the 14th century. A hermitage can be the dwelling of a hermit (e.g., a mountain shack or a monastery) or simply a secluded home.
First Known Use of hermitage
Definition of Hermitage
: a red or white Rhone valley wine
Origin of hermitage
Tain-l'Ermitage, commune in France
First Known Use: 1680
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