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

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hermitism \ ˈhər-​mə-​ˌti-​zəm How to pronounce hermitism (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 Tradition holds that a ninth-century hermit saw a light over open countryside marking the spot of the resting place of the Apostle James. Inés Monteira, National Geographic, "Majestic medieval churches ascended along Christian pilgrims' paths," 17 Dec. 2019 Here, find three of the best ways to embrace the cozy factor this winter: from a hermit-style night in for one, to a Sunday lunch, to a romantic night in. Allie Michler, Vogue, "The Coziest Looks to Wear at Home During the Long Winter Nights," 16 Dec. 2019 Deputies discovered hermit Geoffrey Goff's odd, hidden abode on Wednesday after responding to a call of shots fired. Fox News, "Milwaukee authorities find weapons stash in hermit's underground bunker in the woods," 24 Nov. 2019 Of Seamless and self-care Technology has certainly played a role in popularizing the hermit trend. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore," 15 Nov. 2019 Jennifer has gradually begun to take me out of her life and has become increasingly distant, a hermit. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Fotis Dulos’ lawyer: Interview with Greek publication did not violate gag order," 2 Oct. 2019 The rise of millennial hermits is a bit puzzling at first blush. Sarah Todd, Quartzy, "Why millennials never want to leave their apartment anymore," 15 Nov. 2019 Observers spotted eight red-eyed vireos, four winter wrens, two grasshopper sparrows, 12 hermit thrushes, and 16 field sparrows. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 28 Oct. 2019 Also, Confucian scholars prefer to have this kind of hermit life in remote mountains, free from this mundane world and troubles. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Museum of Art adds 6.5 ton Taihu rock to grounds," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of hermit was in the 12th century

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31 Dec 2019

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“Hermit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermit. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hermit

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


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

Kids Definition of hermit

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

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