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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

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
An excavation in Lincolnshire revealed what appears to be a sacred site Archaeologists digging through a field in Lincolnshire, England, may have found a 1,300-year-old hermitage on the site of a much more ancient henge. Isaac Schultz / Gizmodo, Quartz, 8 Apr. 2024 The hermitage was his summer hideaway, a place for monthslong vacations with family and friends. Aimee Farrell, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 Neither Stukeley’s hermitage nor Queen Caroline’s boasted a hermit-in-residence. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 26 July 2023 According to Campbell, garden hermitages originated in southern Europe, likely during the Italian Renaissance. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2023 While medieval hermitages were used chiefly for religious purposes, English garden hermitages were decorative (a type of architecture known as garden follies), incorporating natural elements like tree roots or drawing inspiration from rustic, pastoral designs. Shoshi Parks, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2023 The novel’s narrator, a botanist, lives there in a hermitage, working with his brother to catalogue the flora of the region. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023 From the Mirador de Sant Joan at the top of the funicular, hikers can choose from several routes of varying difficulty that lead to different hermitages in the mountains. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 So large has Merton’s influence been on Brandt that the latter even named his hermitage Merton House. Chris Wheatley, Longreads, 8 Sep. 2022

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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 14 Apr. 2024.

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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