What does anchoret or anchorite mean?
The definition of anchoret and anchorite
An”cho*ret, An”cho*rite, n.
Etym: [F. anachorète, L. anachoreta, fr. Gr. ha to leave. Cf. Anchor a hermit.]

One who renounces the world and secludes himself, usually for religious reasons; a hermit; a recluse. [Written by some authors anachoret.] Our Savior himself . . . did not choose an anchorite’s or a monastic life, but a social and affable way of conversing with mortals. Boyle.