from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse.
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- n. A hermit; a religious recluse, someone who lives alone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hermit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who lives in a wilderness or in retirement; a hermit.
- n. Specifically In church hist., in the earlier period, a Christian who, to escape persecution, fled to a solitary place, and there led a life of contemplation and asceticism.
- n. Synonyms See anchoret.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Christian recluse
Middle English, from Late Latin erēmīta; see hermit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (erēmitēs), from ἐρημία (erēmia, "desert"), from ἐρῆμος (erēmos, "uninhabited"). (Wiktionary)