sheltered or screened from general activity, view, etc.: a secluded cottage.
withdrawn from or involving little human or social activity: a secluded life.

Origin of secluded

First recorded in 1595–1605; seclude + -ed2
Related formsse·clud·ed·ly, adverbse·clud·ed·ness, nounnon·se·clud·ed, adjectivenon·se·clud·ed·ly, adverbnon·se·clud·ed·ness, nounun·se·clud·ed, adjectiveun·se·clud·ed·ly, adverbwell-se·clud·ed, adjective

Synonyms for secluded



verb (used with object), se·clud·ed, se·clud·ing.

to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
to isolate; shut off; keep apart: They secluded the garden from the rest of the property.

Origin of seclude

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin sēclūdere, equivalent to sē- se- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related formsun·se·clud·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for secluded

Contemporary Examples of secluded

Historical Examples of secluded

  • My laboratory I found to be almost as secluded as my living quarters.

  • The situation of the factory was described as a wild and secluded glen.

  • But we're going to furnish publicity to this secluded work of art.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Women were secluded from all civic life and from all intellectual culture.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Year by year the secluded women of Athens wove a robe for Athene.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for secluded



kept apart from the company of othersa secluded life
sheltered; private
Derived Formssecludedly, adverbsecludedness, noun


verb (tr)

to remove from contact with others
to shut off or screen from view

Word Origin for seclude

C15: from Latin sēclūdere to shut off, from sē- + claudere to imprison
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Word Origin and History for secluded

c.1600, of persons; in reference to places, 1798, past participle adjective from seclude (v.). Earlier secluse (1590s).



mid-15c., "to shut up, enclose, confine," from Latin secludere "shut off, confine," from se- "apart" (see secret) + -cludere, variant of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Meaning "to remove or guard from public view" is recorded from 1620s. Related: Secluded; secluding.

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