Definition of hermitage in English:



  • 1The dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.

    • ‘The loss of St. Thomas shone in the hermitage of his new home: Pontoise.’
    • ‘The award recognized the challenges involved in the building project and its sympathetic approach to the hermitage, which provides a place for the hermit monks, both male and female to live a life of solitude.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am no otherworldly saint who leads a beautiful life of self-sacrifice and prayer in a secluded hermitage.’
    • ‘This was a wonderful opportunity to visit the hermitage, view its splendid church and library and pray and reflect in the calm peace of a place close to god and nature with wonderful guidance and inspiration from the Monks themselves.’
    • ‘After seven years, he retires to a hermitage, and when he dies the grail, lance and dish go with him.’
    • ‘Three months after his full ordination, he took the unusual step of going into a mountain hermitage on Mt. Hiei for an extended solitary retreat.’
    • ‘On returning to Assisi, St. Francis now sought refuge at San Damiano, a quiet hermitage just below Assisi's walls.’
    • ‘In the course of her research Colegate, who is evidently well-travelled and well-read, has wandered both locally and exotically, fanning out from her own garden in Wiltshire where she restored an ancient hermitage.’
    • ‘The tent in the woods was his hermitage for that winter.’
    • ‘The most interesting tidbit about the saintly doctors Cosma and Damian is that there's a hermitage devoted to them where the church is famous for its phallic architecture.’
    • ‘Chapters are organized by major Franciscan currents: life in poverty; care of the lepers; the role of hermitages; the theology of the cross; and love for God's creation.’
    • ‘His Christian connection still strong, Steele would go on frequent meditation retreats at a Catholic hermitage in Big Sur, and, for a time, even considered joining the order.’
    • ‘He died alone in the solitude of the Sahara Desert in his hermitage, as a quiet witness to Christ.’
    • ‘Erc taught him seafaring as well, for he had been a sea-bishop, taking the host to the outlying rocky hermitages, and knew the watery desert better than most.’
    • ‘We live like the ancient Irish hermits, in separate hermitages, welcome retreatants, and go on the road periodically to give parish missions and retreats.’
    • ‘There he built a small hermitage on Mount Chogye-san which he expanded to accommodate his growing community and it became known as Kilsang-sa and eventually Songgwang-sa.’
    • ‘In 1424 Jobard was still tenant, at the same rent, of what was described as a hermitage or chapel with garden.’
    • ‘They chased one to the hermitage of Eskdaleside, near Whitby, where the hermit protected the exhausted boar and refused to hand it over.’
    retreat, refuge, haven, sanctuary, sanctum, asylum, hideaway, hideout, hiding place, shelter
    View synonyms
  • 2the Hermitage /ˌermiˈtäZH/A major art museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, containing among its collections those begun by Catherine the Great.

  • 3the Hermitage /ˈhərmitij/An estate, the home of Andrew Jackson, in central Tennessee, northeast of Nashville.


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