1. A person who retires from society and lives in solitude; a recluse; an anchoret; especially, one who so lives from religious motives.
2. (Science: zoology) hermit crab, a California wood warbler (Dendroica occidentalis), having the head yellow, the throat black, and the back gray, with black streaks.
Origin: oe. Ermite, eremite, heremit, heremite, f. Hermite, ermite, L. Eremita, gr, fr. Lonely, solitary. Cf. Eremite.