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hermitage

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noun her·mit·age \ˈhər-mə-tij\

Simple Definition of hermitage

  • : a place where a hermit lives

  • : a house or building that is far away from other houses, buildings, or people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hermitage

  1. 1 a :  the habitation of a hermit b :  a secluded residence or private retreat :  hideaway c :  monastery

  2. 2 :  the life or condition of a hermit

Examples of hermitage in a sentence

  1. On weekends he escapes to his hermitage in the mountains.

  2. <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.

14th Century

First Known Use of hermitage

14th century


Hermitage

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noun Her·mi·tage \ˌ(h)er-mi-ˈtäzh\

Definition of Hermitage

  1. :  a red or white Rhone valley wine



Origin and Etymology of hermitage

Tain-l'Ermitage, commune in France


First Known Use: 1680

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Rhymes with hermitage

arbitrage, assemblage, badinage, bon voyage, bricolage, cabotage, camouflage, colportage, curettage, decoupage, empennage, enfleurage, entourage, fuselage, maquillage, moyen-âge, persiflage, repechage, reportage, sabotage, vernissage


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