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
Word Origin 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.)).