Definition of hermitage in English:


Syllabification: her·mit·age
Pronunciation: /ˈhərmitij


  • 1The dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.
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    • 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 /ˌermiˈtäZH/) 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]
  • 3 (the Hermitage /ˈhərmitij/) An estate, the home of Andrew Jackson, in central Tennessee, northeast of Nashville.


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

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