- A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives."He had been Duke of Savoy, and after a very glorious reign, took on him the habit of a hermit, and retired into this solitary spot." [Addison.]
- A beadsman; one bound to pray for another.(Obs)"We rest your hermits." [Shak.]
- [Cookery] A spiced molasses cookie, often containing chopped raisins and nuts.
Etymology: OE. ermite eremite heremit heremite, F. hermite ermite, L. eremita, Gr. �, fr. � lonely, solitary. Cf. Eremite