Recluse Definition

rĕklo͝os, rĭ-klo͝os
noun
A person who lives a secluded, solitary life.
Webster's New World
(US) A brown recluse spider.
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adjective
Withdrawn from the world; reclusive.
American Heritage Medicine
Webster's New World
A recluse monk or hermit.
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(now rare) Hidden, secret.

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verb

(obsolete) To shut; to seclude.

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Other Word Forms of Recluse

Noun

Singular:
recluse
Plural:
recluses

Origin of Recluse

  • 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

  • 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

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