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noun (1)

her·​mit·​age ˈhər-mə-tij How to pronounce hermitage (audio)
: the habitation of a hermit
: a secluded residence or private retreat : hideaway
: the life or condition of a hermit


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noun (2)

Her·​mi·​tage ˌ(h)er-mi-ˈtäzh How to pronounce Hermitage (audio)
: a red or white Rhone valley wine

Example Sentences

Noun (1) On weekends he escapes to his hermitage in the mountains. the artist's desert hermitage was a small adobe house at the end of a long dusty road
Recent Examples on the Web
But for Fellowship followers, the public gardens that SRF founder Paramahansa Yogananda established in 1937 (along with the adjacent hermitage, retreat and ashram) offer much more. Sophy Chaffee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Oct. 2022 So large has Merton’s influence been on Brandt that the latter even named his hermitage Merton House. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 21 Aug. 2014 Many saw it as their path back to a pre-Covid life, or at least to seeing family and friends again after a two-year hermitage. Jason Mast, STAT, 23 July 2022 Today, there are two lodges, two cottages, a hermitage cabin, and eight RV sites. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 16 July 2022 One man even wrote to Edward III in the late 1330s, saying that his father was living in a hermitage in Italy. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 And Russian and Ukrainian officials traded blame for the burning of the main temple of the All Saints hermitage, a 16th-century monastery in eastern Ukraine that is considered one of the three most sacred sites in Ukraine for Orthodox believers. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2022 Manyava flourished, becoming the dominant hermitage in Galicia, until its abrupt closure in 1785, the dispersal of its monks, and the confiscation of the Bohorodchany Iconostasis and other icons. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 Most of this writing was done at the Encinitas hermitage, which was secretly built for Yogananda as a surprise during his years abroad. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


Noun (2)

Tain-l'Ermitage, commune in France

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1680, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hermitage was in the 14th century


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“Hermitage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermitage. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



her·​mit·​age ˈhər-mət-ij How to pronounce hermitage (audio)
: a hermit's home
also : a residence screened or hidden from view : retreat

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