sty·​lite ˈstī-ˌlīt How to pronounce stylite (audio)
: a Christian ascetic living atop a pillar
stylitic adjective

Examples of stylite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the story about the columns, they are said to have originated with a fiery seventeenth-century preacher, but the whole notion obviously owes something to the stylites, those early Christian ascetics who lived on top of pillars in the desert. Charles McGrath, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stylite was circa 1638

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“Stylite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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