Recluse meaning

rĕklo͝os, rĭ-klo͝os
A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
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The definition of a recluse is someone who withdraws from living around people and chooses to live alone, secluded from other people.

An example of a recluse is Greta Garbo who disappeared from the public eye at the age of 36.

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A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
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A person who lives a secluded, solitary life.
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Withdrawn from the world; reclusive.
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A recluse monk or hermit.

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(now rare) Hidden, secret.
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(US) A brown recluse spider.
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(obsolete) To shut; to seclude.
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Withdrawn from the world; reclusive.
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A person who lives in self-imposed isolation or seclusion from the world, especially for religious purposes; a hermit.
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Origin of recluse

  • Middle English from Old French reclus from Latin reclūsus past participle of reclūdere to shut up re- re- claudere to close

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin reclÅ«dere, present active infinitive of reclÅ«dō (“enclose"), from re- + claudō (“close").

    From Wiktionary