adjective re·cluse [ri-kloos, rek-loos] /rɪˈklus, ˈrɛk lus/. Also re·clu·sive.
Origin of recluse
Examples from the Web for recluse
Lee is not a recluse, but she famously stopped granting interviews in 1964.Harper Lee Makes a Surprise Appearance at an Alabama Literary Luncheon|Mary McDonagh Murphy|May 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was not a recluse, however, as the documents and electronic chips recovered by the SEALs from his lair revealed.Peter Bergen’s Manhunt: The Decade-Long Hunt for Osama bin Laden|Bruce Riedel|April 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The affront so hurt Allan that he became a Beverly Hills recluse, and died in 1999 of liver cancer at the age of 62.
But Uchitel became a heavy drug user and, increasingly, a recluse in his sprawling Anchorage estate.
Renato: I would either still be designing or living as a recluse in Europe throwing pottery.
Let it not be supposed that Lady Eustace, during these summer weeks, was living the life of a recluse.The Eustace Diamonds|Anthony Trollope
He may talk to them—he is no recluse; but he must not talk too much about worldly matters.The Soul of a People|H. Fielding
“Perhaps the recluse has taught them not to visit his hut without his leave,” I remarked.On the Banks of the Amazon|W.H.G. Kingston
The beautiful Recluse Island has a picturesque villa, while all about it rise high mountains.America, Volume IV (of 6)|Joel Cook
He was outwardly of the world, but in spirit he was always a recluse.The Household of Sir Thomas More|Anne Manning
British Dictionary definitions for recluse
Word Origin for recluse
Word Origin and History for recluse
c.1200, "person shut up from the world for purposes of religious meditation," from Old French reclus (fem. recluse) "hermit, recluse," also "confinement, prison; convent, monastery," noun use of reclus (adj.) "shut up," from Late Latin reclusus, past participle of recludere "to shut up, enclose" (but in classical Latin "to throw open"), from Latin re-, intensive prefix, + claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)).