Melissa became a recluse after the breakup of her long time boyfriend.
An example of a recluse is Greta Garbo who disappeared from the public eye at the age of 36.
Origin of recluseMiddle English from Old French reclus from Ecclesiastical Late Latin reclusus from L, past participle of recludere, to shut off from re-, back + claudere: see close
Origin of recluseMiddle English from Old French reclus from Latin reclūsus past participle of reclūdere to shut up re- re- claudere to close
(comparative more recluse, superlative most recluse)
- A person who lives in self-imposed isolation or seclusion from the world, especially for religious purposes; a hermit.
- (US) A brown recluse spider.
(third-person singular simple present recluses, present participle reclusing, simple past and past participle reclused)
From Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin reclÅ«dere, present active infinitive of reclÅ«dÅ (“enclose"), from re- + claudÅ (“close").