The definition of a hermit is a person who keeps to himself and who doesn't like to leave his home or see people.(noun)
An old man who stays locked in his house all day and who gets mad when people try to come and visit is an example of a hermit.
See hermit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME hermite < OFr < LL(Ec) eremita < LGr erēmitēs, a hermit < Gr, of the desert < erēmos, desolate < IE base *er-, loose, distant, to separate > Sans *árma- (pl.), fragments, ruins
See hermit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English heremite
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin herēmīta
Origin: , from Late Latin erēmīta
Origin: , from Greek erēmītēs
Origin: , from erēmiā, desert
Origin: , from erēmos, solitary.
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