hermit

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noun her·mit \ˈhər-mət\

Definition of hermit

  1. 1a :  one that retires from society and lives in solitude especially for religious reasons :  recluseb obsolete :  beadsman

  2. 2 :  a spiced molasses cookie

hermitism

play \ˈhər-mə-ˌti-zəm\ noun

Examples of hermit in a Sentence

  1. St. Jerome is said to have spent two years as a hermit in the desert, searching for inner peace.

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Origin and Etymology of hermit

Middle English heremite, eremite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin eremita, from Late Greek erēmitēs, from Greek, adjective, living in the desert, from erēmia desert, from erēmos desolate


HERMIT Defined for English Language Learners

hermit

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Definition of hermit for English Language Learners

  • : a person who lives in a simple way apart from others especially for religious reasons


HERMIT Defined for Kids

hermit

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noun her·mit \ˈhər-mət\

Definition of hermit for Students

  1. :  a person who lives apart from others especially for religious reasons



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