recluse

[noun rek-loos, ri-kloos; adjective ri-kloos, rek-loos]

noun

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.

adjective re·cluse [ri-kloos, rek-loos] /rɪˈklus, ˈrɛk lus/. Also re·clu·sive.

shut off or apart from the world; living in seclusion, often for religious reasons.
characterized by seclusion; solitary.

Nearby words

  1. reclinate,
  2. reclination,
  3. recline,
  4. recliner,
  5. reclosable,
  6. reclusion,
  7. reclusive,
  8. reco-reco,
  9. recognise,
  10. recognition

Origin of recluse

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French reclus < Late Latin reclūsus, past participle of reclūdere to shut up, equivalent to re- re- + -clūd-, combining form of claudere to close + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s

Related formsnon·re·clu·sive, adjectiveun·re·cluse, adjectiveun·re·clu·sive, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for reclusive

recluse

noun

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

adjective

solitary; retiring
Derived Formsreclusion (rɪˈkluːʒən), nounreclusive, adjective

Word Origin for recluse

C13: from Old French reclus, from Late Latin reclūdere to shut away, from Latin re- + claudere to close

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