her·​mit | \ ˈhər-mət How to pronounce hermit (audio) \

Definition of hermit

1a : one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons : recluse
b obsolete : beadsman
2 : a spiced molasses cookie

Other Words from hermit

hermitism \ ˈhər-​mə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce hermit (audio) \ noun

Examples of hermit in a Sentence

St. Jerome is said to have spent two years as a hermit in the desert, searching for inner peace.
Recent Examples on the Web Over time, Fred has seen hermit crabs fighting over an increasingly shrinking territory until it was nearly covered by the Caribbean. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 The hermit, enmeshed in solitude for long enough, has an epiphany. Colin Dickey, Longreads, 30 Mar. 2022 Many famous writers have shared eccentric and sometimes hermit-like daily routines, but plenty of creative types do their best thinking while on the move. Amanda Macmillan, Outside Online, 20 Oct. 2014 Then Troy gets hurt and while looking for help, Jake finds Henrietta (Alicia Silverstone), a fellow hermit who is much kinder than he’d been led to expect of an outsider. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 3 Feb. 2022 Many have grown accustomed to a hermit lifestyle, or have even found comfort in it. Grace Browne, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 The hike up the sheer slopes of Wadi El Gattar reveals stone hermit cells built by early Christians fleeing the Romans, and primitive rock art from long before then. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2021 While performing one of Solveiga’s endless string of errands, Markus meets the mysterious hermit Sailor (Indra Burkovska), probably the film’s most interesting character, who lives at the edge of the forest. Alissa Simon, Variety, 6 Dec. 2021 Decapod crustaceans include shrimp, lobsters, crayfish and hermit crabs. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hermit

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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“Hermit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermit. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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

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