Hermit definition

hûrmĭt
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A person who has withdrawn from society and lives a solitary existence; a recluse.
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A person who lives alone in a lonely or secluded spot, often from religious motives; recluse.
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The definition of a hermit is a person who keeps to himself and who doesn't like to leave his home or see people.

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.

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A spiced cookie made with nuts and raisins.
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A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite.
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A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship.
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A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.
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A cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hermit
Plural:
hermits

Origin of hermit

  • Middle English heremite from Old French from Medieval Latin herēmīta from Late Latin erēmīta from Greek erēmītēs from erēmiā desert from erēmos solitary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French eremite, from Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (eremites, “person of the desert”) from ἐρημία (eremia, “desert, solitude”), from ἔρημος (erēmos) or ἐρῆμος (eremos, “uninhabited”) plus -ίτης (-itēs, “one connected to, a member of”).

    From Wiktionary