Definition of Hermit

1. Noun. One retired from society for religious reasons.

Exact synonyms: Anchorite
Generic synonyms: Eremite
Derivative terms: Anchoritic, Hermitic, Hermitical

2. Noun. One who lives in solitude.
Exact synonyms: Recluse, Solitary, Solitudinarian, Troglodyte
Generic synonyms: Lone Hand, Lone Wolf, Loner
Specialized synonyms: John The Baptist, St. John The Baptist
Derivative terms: Hermitic, Hermitical, Recluse, Solitary

Definition of Hermit

1. n. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives.

2. n. A spiced molasses cooky, often containing chopped raisins and nuts.

Definition of Hermit

1. Noun. A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite. ¹

2. Noun. A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship. ¹

3. Noun. A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts. ¹

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Definition of Hermit

1. a recluse [n -S] : HERMITIC [adj] - See also: recluse

Medical Definition of Hermit

1. 1. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives. 2. Hermit crab, a California wood warbler (Dendroica occidentalis), having the head yellow, the throat black, and the back gray, with black streaks. Origin: OE. Ermite, eremite, heremit, heremite, F. Hermite, ermite, L. Eremita, Gr, fr. Lonely, solitary. Cf. Eremite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hermit

hermetic seal
hermetic seals
hermetically sealed
hermit (current term)
hermit crab
hermit crabs
hermit thrush

Literary usage of Hermit

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1. Le Morte Darthur: Sir Thomas Malory's Book of King Arthur and of His Noble by Thomas Malory, William Caxton (1903)
"CHAPTER XIII How Launcelot was brought to an hermit for to be healed of his wound, and of other matters. AND when the hermit beheld him, as he sat leaning ..."

2. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1833)
"The boar, being wounded and pressed by his pursuers, rushed into the chapel, where he died, and the hermit closed the door; the hounds outside being thus ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"You lay this command. upon me, to give you ray poor advice for your carriage in so eminent • place : I humbly return you mine opinion, such as an hermit ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1902)
"I will rouse," exclaimed the hermit, "the martial nations of Europe in your cause;" and Europe was obedient to the call of the hermit. ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"He lived a hermit's life at Cesena, and died in his native city in 1249 (Lodi, ... A few years after the reorganization of the Augustinian Order, hermit ..."

6. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1901)
"Early in the morning we would invariably find several hermit Thrushes near the springs. Soon, however, they would retire to the deep woods whence we could ..."

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