[si-kloo-zhuh n]


an act of secluding: the seclusion of unruly students.
the state of being secluded; retirement; solitude: He sought seclusion in his study.
a secluded place.

Origin of seclusion

1615–25; < Medieval Latin sēclūsiōn- (stem of sēclūsiō) < Latin sēclūs(us) (past participle of sēclūdere to seclude) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·se·clu·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for seclusion

Contemporary Examples of seclusion

Historical Examples of seclusion

  • His latter years were spent in seclusion, and he died at Farnham on June 25th, 1879.

  • She would stay undisturbed in her seclusion, keeping her festival alone.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • I shut myself into this place of seclusion, after breakfast, and meditate.

  • He was not the less alone for having spent so many years in seclusion and retirement.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Never did she appear more beautiful than when, in 1788, she reappeared after her seclusion.

British Dictionary definitions for seclusion



the act of secluding or the state of being secluded
a secluded place

Word Origin for seclusion

C17: from Medieval Latin sēclūsiō; see seclude
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Word Origin and History for seclusion

1610s, from Medieval Latin seclusionem (nominative seclusio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin secludere (see seclude).

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