hermitage

noun (1)
her·​mit·​age | \ ˈhər-mə-tij How to pronounce hermitage (audio) \

Definition of hermitage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the habitation of a hermit
b : a secluded residence or private retreat : hideaway
c : monastery
2 : the life or condition of a hermit

Hermitage

noun (2)
Her·​mi·​tage | \ ˌ(h)er-mi-ˈtäzh How to pronounce Hermitage (audio) \

Definition of Hermitage (Entry 2 of 2)

: a red or white Rhone valley wine

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Hermitage is of course related to hermit, a word for one who retreats from society to live in solitude, often for religious reasons. The origins of hermitage and hermit are found in Greek. Erēmos (meaning "desolate") gave rise to erēmia (meaning "desert") and eventually to the noun erēmitēs, which was used for a person living in the desert, or, more broadly, for a recluse. The word journeyed from Greek to Latin to Anglo-French to Middle English, where it eventually transformed into hermit. The related hermitage was borrowed into English from Anglo-French in the 14th century. A hermitage can be the dwelling of a hermit (e.g., a mountain shack or a monastery) or simply a secluded home.

Examples of hermitage in a Sentence

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: Noun The islands' sole archaeologist Katharine Sawyer, who runs Scilly Walks, takes groups out here, or to other islands like St. Helen's (which has a medieval hermitage) or Samson. Kate Eshelby, CNN, 14 June 2021 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 The exterior of my hermitage was washed the color of runny egg yolk. Wes Enzinna, Harper's magazine, 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hermitage

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

1680, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hermitage

Noun (2)

Tain-l'Ermitage, commune in France

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“Hermitage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermitage. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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hermitage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hermitage

: a place where a hermit lives
: a house or building that is far away from other houses, buildings, or people

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