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
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 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").
- In many ways he was still a recluse, but he wasn't wrapped up in himself.
- Which came first, the recluse or the loneliness?
- For a while she led at home the life of a recluse, speaking only to her confessor, and spending all her time in devotion and spiritual ecstasy.
- He was sent as a child to be educated at Port Royal, and there he received his final bent towards the life of a recluse, and even of a hermit, which drew him to establish himself in the neighbourhood of Port Royal des Champs.
- He betook himself at first to Port Royal, and began to live a recluse and austere life there.