n. Originally, a man who retired from the world for religious meditation and the practice of religious duties in solitude; a religious hermit; in later use, a member of a community or fraternity of men formed for the practice of religious devotions and duties, and bound by the vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience to a superior; specifically, a regular male denizen of a monastery.n. A name of various animals.n. In printing, an over-inked spot or blotch in print, usually made by imperfect distribution of ink. Compare friar, 2.n. Milit., a fuse for firing mines.n. Synonyms Hermit, etc. See anchoret.