- a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
- Also incluse. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
- shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
- characterized by seclusion; solitary.
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
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
April 29, 2012
The affront so hurt Allan that he became a Beverly Hills recluse, and died in 1999 of liver cancer at the age of 62.King of the Hollywood Hedonists
February 27, 2010
But Uchitel became a heavy drug user and, increasingly, a recluse in his sprawling Anchorage estate.Rachel Uchitel: Mob Princess?
January 18, 2010
Renato: I would either still be designing or living as a recluse in Europe throwing pottery.The Rock Stars of Yeast and Flour
July 7, 2009
"It is a long time when it is a year of suspense," said the recluse, shaking his head.Night and Morning, Complete
She did not work as devotedly as she had hoped to do, nor did she become a recluse from society.One Day's Courtship
He was however naturally of an abstemious and recluse disposition.Imogen
It was Father Sergius's sixth year as a recluse, and he was now forty-nine.Father Sergius
I am a recluse, have been for many years and rarely stir abroad.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
- a person who lives in seclusion
- a person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress
- solitary; retiring
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.)).