a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
any person living in seclusion; recluse.
Zoology. an animal of solitary habits.
Ornithology. any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
1175–1225; Middle English ermite, hermite, heremite
< Old French
< Late Latin erēmīta
< Greek erēmītḗs
living in a desert, equivalent to erḗm
) desert (derivative of erêmos
desolate) + -ītēs -ite1
hermitic, hermitical, hermitish, adjectivehermitically, adverbhermitlike, adjectivehermitry, hermitship, noununhermitic, adjectiveunhermitical, adjectiveunhermitically, adverb
eremite, monastic, anchorite, cenobite.