From the Old French word "hermitage" which is derived from the Greek "ερημητήριο" [eri̱mi̱tí̱rio] which is the place where a hermit (ερημίτης [erimitis]) lives in solitude ("ερημία" [erimia]). Although it is mostly associated with the monastic life, the root meaning is found in the Greek "ἔρημος" [éri̱mos], that is, desolate, bleak, forlorn, derelict, lonesome. That is why "ἔρημος" is also the Greek word for "desert." The related verb is "ερημώνω" [eri̱mó̱no̱] that means "to desolate, to devastate."
hermitage (plural hermitages)