stylite

noun
sty·​lite | \ ˈstī-ˌlīt How to pronounce stylite (audio) \

Definition of stylite

: a Christian ascetic living atop a pillar

Other Words from stylite

stylitic \ stī-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce stylite (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of stylite

circa 1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stylite

Late Greek stylitēs, from Greek stylos pillar — more at steer

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The first known use of stylite was circa 1638

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“Stylite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stylite. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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