hermit

Definitions:

One who retires from society and lives in solitude for devotional purposes; an anchorite; a recluse or ascetic.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One who retires from society and lives in solitude or in the desert.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One retired from society and living in solitude; one bound to pray for another.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (noun) (n.) (noun)
One who retires from society and lives alone.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)

Usage examples:

" Well- I'll be glad to help you out," the hermit replied.
- Seven Keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers
But- I cannot play Peter the Hermit
- The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25) by Robert Louis Stevenson Other: Andrew Lang
" She's a pretty sort of a hermit he said to himself.
- The Associate Hermits by Frank R. Stockton