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hermitage Line breaks: her¦mit|age
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːmɪtɪdʒ/

Definition of hermitage in English:


1The dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.
Example sentences
  • We live like the ancient Irish hermits, in separate hermitages, welcome retreatants, and go on the road periodically to give parish missions and retreats.
  • That extraordinary complex of shrines, churches, chapels and hermitages, hewn from the rock at Lalibela, were designed as an African mirror to Jerusalem.
  • Nhat Hanh keeps an image of Jesus next to the Buddha on the altar in his hermitage in France where, in a place called Plum Village, he maintains a meditation center.
2 (the Hermitage) A major art museum in St Petersburg, Russia, containing among its collections those begun by Catherine the Great.
[Named with reference to the ‘retreat’ in which the empress displayed her treasures to her friends]


Middle English: from Old French, from hermite (see hermit).

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