hermitage

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noun her·mit·age \ ˈhər-mə-tij \

Definition of hermitage

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

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Examples of hermitage in a Sentence

  1. On weekends he escapes to his hermitage in the mountains.

  2. the artist's desert hermitage was a small adobe house at the end of a long dusty road

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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.

First Known Use of hermitage

14th century


Hermitage

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noun Her·mi·tage \ ˌ(h)er-mi-ˈtäzh \

Definition of Hermitage

:a red or white Rhone valley wine

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Origin and Etymology of hermitage

Tain-l'Ermitage, commune in France

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HERMITAGE Defined for English Language Learners

hermitage

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Definition of hermitage for English Language Learners

  • : a place where a hermit lives

  • : a house or building that is far away from other houses, buildings, or people


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