From Old French eremite, from Latin eremita, from Ancient Greek ἐρημίτης (eremites, “person of the desert”) from ἐρημία (eremia, “desert, solitude”), from ἔρημος (erēmos) or ἐρῆμος (eremos, “uninhabited”) plus -ίτης (-itēs, “one connected to, a member of”).
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- Rhymes: -ɜː(r)mɪt
hermit (plural hermits)
- A religious recluse; someone who lives alone for religious reasons; an eremite.
- A recluse; someone who lives alone and shuns human companionship.
- A spiced cookie made with molasses, raisins, and nuts.
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