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.

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Li Po also picked up the sword and for two years received training from a Taoist couple in the mountains—two cave-dwelling hermits who also taught him Taoism, medicine and alchemy. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 Feel the awe of history in the Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla There are about 80 caves in this first century B.C. complex that was once inhabited by monks and hermits. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Now, Laurie lives as a hermit in a house in the woods that she’s turned into a mini-fortress, equipped with a panic room and massive amounts of weaponry. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 These holy woods are also home to the mystical Yamabushi, mountain hermit monks in Merlin-like white robes carrying horagai, or conch-shell trumpets. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Perhaps Bartleby could have been conceived as a hermit in the making. James Gardner, WSJ, "Debilitated, But Infinitely Human," 31 Aug. 2018 Ariel was supposedly on the island to do research on Blake Markman, a producer who fled Hollywood to live as a hermit and raise Icelandic sheep. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Hate Thy Neighbor. Or Maybe Just Kill Him.," 6 July 2018 Bikepacking, which partly traces its roots to Mike Curiak’s 2003 individual time trial on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, has long been the realm of iconoclasts and hermits trying to escape alone into the woods. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Bikepacking.com Is Revolutionizing the Sport," 20 June 2018 The festival is held four times over 12 years and attracts a broad range of Hindus including sadhus (holy men), some of whom live the life of a hermit in remote areas the remainder of the time. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Finding religion in India, tracing the steps of Portuguese explorers and more," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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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