The Closing Word: Hermitage

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This week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (HER-mit-idj)

1. the dwelling of a hermit, especially when small and remote.
2. a major art museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, containing among its collections those begun by Catherine the Great.
3. an estate, the home of Andrew Jackson, in central Tennessee, northeast of Nashville.

From “The noun hermitage has origins in the French word hermite, meaning “hermit,” a person who lives alone, far from society. Hermitage can describe the place where a hermit lives, or a dwelling occupied by an isolated religious group that prefers solitude. But the word is likely to be used more broadly to describe a secluded or remote dwelling, a place of solitude, where you won’t run into a neighbor while mowing the lawn in the backyard.”

“The property was an isolated cabin off-the-grid, but the advertisement described it as an ideal hermitage.”

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