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 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 After the meeting, committee member Ha Tae-keung told reporters that in addition to the cyberattacks targeting the vaccine information, South Korea has seen a 32% overall increase in attacks from the hermit nation. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "South Korea says North Korean hackers tried to steal Pfizer vaccine technology," 16 Feb. 2021 Many now operate outside the hermit nation, in Belarus, China, India, Malaysia, and Russia. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Biden Faces More Aggressive Rivals and a Fraying World Order," 18 Jan. 2021 Is Fern a vagabond, a nomad, a pioneer, or just a hermit? Armond White, National Review, "Nomadland Transforms America into Alienation Nation," 15 Jan. 2021 Nearby is a gray heron — a solitary water bird evoking hermit life. Washington Post, "The drama is in the details," 13 Jan. 2021 Head out, stay in, host loved ones or be a happy hermit. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Ring in 2021 with a bang & a bite," 23 Dec. 2020 Ken Babby is a baseball-team owner who doesn’t just sit in his box like a hermit away from the field and fans. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby’s favorite dining choices - Five for Friday," 19 Nov. 2020 While much creative activity necessarily occurs in solitude, inside one’s own head, Adams was no hermit in the woods. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s best-known composer honors place, musical influences and friendships in new memoir," 14 Nov. 2020 Past studies have shown that mantis shrimp pick burrows whose sizes (volume) mesh well with their own body size (mass), as do hermit crabs. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s no place like the perfectly sized home for the mighty mantis shrimp," 29 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Hermit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermit. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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