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


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 for hermitage

Synonyms: Noun (1)

concealment, covert, den, hideaway, hideout, hidey-hole (or hidy-hole), lair, nest

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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.

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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

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Now Mr McCreadie is almost ready to lay down a second album and, in preparation for recording, the musician will resume his countryside hermitage. G.k. | Glasgow And Edinburgh, The Economist, "A young Scottish pianist marries folk with jazz," 9 Aug. 2019 The hermitage of our rescuer Manaki Devi is more modest. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "This world-walker finds hospitality and devotion in India," 11 June 2019 Justice The veteran French duo emerges from studio hermitage approximately every five years, and 2017 was a particularly strong return. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard Dance 100 Artists of 2018: The Complete List," 22 Mar. 2018 In 1830, a baker who was praying to recover from illness bargained for his life in exchange for making an annual pilgrimage to the saint's hermitage. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Barcelona in March 2018," 5 Mar. 2018 Built out of a cave on a rocky outcropping above a nearby castle, the small, simple dwelling is one of Central Europe’s last remaining hermitages to be continuously occupied. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermit," 17 Jan. 2017 For more than 350 years, a quiet, little hermitage has sat above the Austrian town of Saalfelden. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermit," 17 Jan. 2017 The site of Chapelle Dom Hue contains the ruins of what excavators believe is a religious retreat, or hermitage, which de Jersey said dates back to the 14th century. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Medieval Porpoise Burial Puzzles Scientists," 21 Sep. 2017 While the hermitage’s inhabitant will have the residence and adjoining chapel to themselves, there is no heat or running water, Cara Giaimo reports for Atlas Obscura. Danny Lewis, Smithsonian, "Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermit," 17 Jan. 2017

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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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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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