An example of a recluse is Greta Garbo who disappeared from the public eye at the age of 36.
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«dÅ (“enclose"), from re- + claudÅ (“close").