[ ri-zurvd ]
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  1. kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.

  2. kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.

  1. formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.

  2. characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.

  3. retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.

Origin of reserved

A late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at reserve, -ed2

Other words for reserved

Other words from reserved

  • re·serv·ed·ly [ri-zur-vid-lee], /rɪˈzɜr vɪd li/, adverb
  • re·serv·ed·ness, noun
  • o·ver·re·served, adjective
  • o·ver·re·serv·ed·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·re·serv·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby reserved Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use reserved in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for reserved


/ (rɪˈzɜːvd) /

  1. set aside for use by a particular person or people: this table is reserved

  2. cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent

  1. destined; fated: reserved for great things

  2. referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assembly: defence is a reserved issue

Derived forms of reserved

  • reservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ), adverb
  • reservedness, noun

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