Definition of anchorite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæŋkəraɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæŋkəraɪt//
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(in the past) a religious person who lived alone and avoided other people Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin anchorita (ecclesiastical Latin anchoreta), from ecclesiastical Greek anakhōrētēs, from anakhōrein ‘retire’, from ana- ‘back’ + khōra, khōr- ‘a place’.