Definition of hermit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhərmət/


1A person living in solitude as a religious discipline.
Example sentences
  • Secular idleness would have little meaning in solitude, and the religious contemplation of the hermit or monk is not in question here.
  • Valaam, on a beautiful island in Lake Ladoga near the Finnish border, is once again home to both monks and hermits.
  • As a form of asceticism, celibacy's heroic demands are more at home with a hermit in the desert or a monk in a monastery than with a priest ministering in today's highly charged sexual atmosphere.
1.1Any person living in solitude or seeking to do so.
Example sentences
  • Sam Beam may boast a mountain man's beard and home-taping origins, but his steady output as Iron & Wine over the last two years has proved he's no hermit.
  • Being stuck in a studio in front of the computer all day probably has something do with this - you become an introspective, insular hermit.
  • You have got to be a little bit of hermit this season.
2A hummingbird found in the shady lower layers of tropical forests, foraging along a regular route.
  • Phaethornis and other genera, family Trochilidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • A local guide took us out the first morning for a half-day of birding, including a visit to a lek of performing green hermit hummingbirds, and then got us on our way to the Canopy Tower, a short distance north of the city.
  • Asymmetries in the character transition curves describing these zones suggest that Townsend's warblers have a selective advantage over hybrids and hermits.
  • The pattern of introgression found by Rohwer and Wood predicts that Townsend's males will be superior to hermits in these behavioral measures.



Pronunciation: /hərˈmitik/
Example sentences
  • Anti Vampire Club membership ranges from pirates to hermitic recluses to your common garden-variety psychopath.
  • His life is saturated by tragedy, culminating in a hermitic existence spent waiting for the death that will free him from the tortured longing for Herman.
  • Now I'm going to turn into a hermitic poet, I thought to myself, depressed, and spend all the rest of my days thinking up similes and metaphors and whatever else it is they teach us in English class.


Middle English: from Old French hermite, from late Latin eremita, from Greek erēmitēs, from erēmos 'solitary'.

Words that rhyme with hermit

Kermit, permit

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Syllabification: her·mit

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