Hermit Her"mit, n. [OE. ermite, eremite, heremit, heremite, F. hermite, ermite, L. eremita, Gr. ?, fr. ? lonely, solitary. Cf. {Eremite}.] 1. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives. [1913 Webster]

He had been Duke of Savoy, and after a very glorious reign, took on him the habit of a hermit, and retired into this solitary spot. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A beadsman; one bound to pray for another. [Obs.] ``We rest your hermits.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Cookery) A spiced molasses cookie, often containing chopped raisins and nuts. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{Hermit crab} (Zo["o]l.), a marine decapod crustacean of the family {Pagurid[ae]}. The species are numerous, and belong to many genera. Called also {soldier crab}. The hermit crabs usually occupy the dead shells of various univalve mollusks. See Illust. of {Commensal}.

{Hermit thrush} (Zo["o]l.), an American thrush ({Turdus Pallasii}), with retiring habits, but having a sweet song.

{Hermit warbler} (Zo["o]l.), a California wood warbler ({Dendroica occidentalis}), having the head yellow, the throat black, and the back gray, with black streaks. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • hermit — early 12c., religious recluse, from O.Fr. (h)eremite, from L.L. ermita, from Gk. eremites, lit. person of the desert, from eremia desert, solitude, from eremos uninhabited, empty, desolate, from PIE *ere to separate. Transferred sense of person… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hermit — [hʉr′mit] n. [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] 1. a person who lives alone… …   English World dictionary

  • hermit — eremite, anchorite, *recluse, cenobite Contrasted words: *religious, monk, friar, nun: *ascetic, mystic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • hermit — [n] person who chose to live alone outside of human society anchoret, anchorite, ascetic, eremite, misanthrope, pillarist, recluse, skeptic, solitaire, solitarian, solitary, stylite; concepts 361,423 …   New thesaurus

  • hermit — ► NOUN 1) a person living in solitude as a religious discipline. 2) a reclusive or solitary person. DERIVATIVES hermitic adjective. ORIGIN Greek er mit s, from er mos solitary …   English terms dictionary

  • Hermit — A hermit (from the Greek anachōreō , signifying to withdraw , to depart into the country outside the circumvallated city ), recluse and solitary . However, it is important to retain a clear distinction between the vocation of hermits and that of… …   Wikipedia

  • hermit — hermitic, hermitical, hermitish, adj. hermitically, adv. hermitlike, adj. hermitry, hermitship, n. /herr mit/, n. 1. a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion. 2. any person living in seclusion; recluse. 3.… …   Universalium

  • hermit — UK [ˈhɜː(r)mɪt] / US [ˈhɜrmɪt] noun [countable] Word forms hermit : singular hermit plural hermits 1) someone who chooses to live alone or spend most of their time alone 2) someone who chooses to live alone and far away from society for religious …   English dictionary

  • hermit — n. 1 an early Christian recluse. 2 any person living in solitude. Phrases and idioms: hermit crab any crab of the family Paguridae that lives in a cast off mollusc shell for protection. hermit thrush a migratory N. American thrush, Catharus… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hermit — Le hermit est une langue éteinte des langues des îles de l Amirauté en province de Manus. Son code ISO était llf. Il était parlé sur l île éponyme et sur les îles Luf et Maron. Portail des langues …   Wikipédia en Français

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