noun her·mit \ˈhər-mət\

: a person who lives in a simple way apart from others especially for religious reasons

Full Definition of HERMIT

a :  one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons :  recluse
b obsolete :  beadsman
:  a spiced molasses cookie
her·mit·ism \ˈhər-mə-ˌti-zəm\ noun

Examples of HERMIT

  1. <St. Jerome is said to have spent two years as a hermit in the desert, searching for inner peace.>

Origin of HERMIT

Middle English heremite, eremite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin eremita, from Late Greek erēmitēs, from Greek, adjective, living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos desolate
First Known Use: 12th century

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noun her·mit \ˈhər-mət\

Definition of HERMIT for Kids

:  a person who lives apart from others especially for religious reasons


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