follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

stylite

[stahy-lahyt] /ˈstaɪ laɪt/
noun, Ecclesiastical History
1.
one of a class of solitary ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.
Origin of stylite
1630-1640
1630-40; < Late Greek stȳlī́tēs, equivalent to stŷl(os) pillar + -itēs -ite1
Related forms
stylitic
[stahy-lit-ik] /staɪˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for stylite
Historical Examples
  • Simeon the stylite comes down from his pillar-top, and chaffers in the market-place with common folks.

  • He stopped, some paces from the column, and began to examine the stylite, wiping his face meanwhile with the skirt of his toga.

    Thais Anatole France
  • A stylite might have contented himself there; Gilliatt, more luxurious in his requirements, wanted something more commodious.

    Toilers of the Sea Victor Hugo
  • This old monk was St. Luke the stylite, appearing in vision.

    Curiosities of Olden Times S. Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for stylite

stylite

/ˈstaɪlaɪt/
noun
1.
(Christianity) one of a class of recluses who in ancient times lived on the top of high pillars
Derived Forms
stylitic (staɪˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Greek stulitēs, from Greek stulos a pillar
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for stylite
n.

ascetic living on the top of a pillar, 1630s, from Ecclesiastical Greek stylites, from stylos "pillar" (see stet).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for stylite

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for stylite

10
10
Scrabble Words With Friends