[ si-kloo-did ]
/ sɪˈklu dɪd /


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withdrawn from or involving little human or social activity: a secluded life.

Nearby words

  1. sech,
  2. sechenov,
  3. seckel,
  4. seckel syndrome,
  5. seclude,
  6. seclusion,
  7. seclusive,
  8. seclusively,
  9. secobarbital,
  10. seconal

Origin of secluded

First recorded in 1595–1605; seclude + -ed2

Related forms


[ si-klood ]
/ sɪˈklud /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for secluded


/ (sɪˈkluːdɪd) /


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


/ (sɪˈkluːd) /

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
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