any of various Christian ascetics who lived on the tops of pillars
Origin of styliteEcclesiastical Late Greek stylit?s from Gr, dwelling on a pillar from stylos, pillar from Indo-European an unverified form st(h)?- from base an unverified form st?-, to stand
One of a number of early Christian ascetics who lived unsheltered on the tops of high pillars.
Origin of styliteLate Greek stūlītēs from Greek stūlos pillar ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
From Ecclesiastical Greek ÏƒÏ„Ï…Î»Î¯Ï„Î·Ï‚ (stulites), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ„á¿¦Î»Î¿Ï‚ (stulos, “pillar").