kept or set apart for some particular use or purpose.
kept by special arrangement for some person: a reserved seat.
formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.
characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.
retaining the original color of a surface, especially when decorating portions of the surface with other colors.

Origin of reserved

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at reserve, -ed2
Related formsre·serv·ed·ly [ri-zur-vid-lee] /rɪˈzɜr vɪd li/, adverbre·serv·ed·ness, nouno·ver·re·served, adjectiveo·ver·re·serv·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·re·serv·ed·ness, noun

Synonyms for reserved

3, 4. composed, controlled reticent, constrained, taciturn, withdrawn, distant, cold. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reservedly

Historical Examples of reservedly

  • “It was thrown into the class-room this morning, sir,” said Hamilton, reservedly.

  • "I might offer my services in that capacity myself," observed Owen, reservedly.

    The Financier

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Unlike poor Chatterton, Crabbe had a firm trust in Providence, and was neither so passionate nor so reservedly haughty.

  • I had never broached any subject to her that required to be spoken of reservedly or discreetly.

  • "George Hale is my name," returned the gentleman, reservedly, and disengaging his fingers from the strong grip of the tall man.

    A Dream of Empire

    William Henry Venable

British Dictionary definitions for reservedly



set aside for use by a particular person or peoplethis table is reserved
cool or formal in manner; restrained, silent, or reticent
destined; fatedreserved for great things
referring to matters that are the responsibility of the national parliament rather than a devolved regional assemblydefence is a reserved issue
Derived Formsreservedly (rɪˈzɜːvɪdlɪ), adverbreservedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for reservedly



"guarded" (in manner), c.1600, past participle adjective from reserve (v.). Of seats, tables from 1858.

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