Origin of recluse
Middle English, from Anglo-French reclus, literally, shut away, from Late Latin reclusus, past participle of recludere to shut up, from Latin re- + claudere to close — more at close
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with recluse
Aarhus, abstruse, abuse, adduce, Atreus, blue spruce, burnoose, caboose, Cayuse, Cepheus, ceruse, charmeuse, chartreuse, Chartreuse, conduce, couscous, cut loose, deduce, diffuse, disuse, educe, effuse, excuse, fair use, footloose, hang loose, induce, Lanús, misuse, mongoose, Morpheus, negus, obtuse, Orpheus, papoose, Peleus, Perseus, prepuce, produce, profuse, Proteus, Purus, red spruce, reduce, refuse, retuse, reuse, Sanctus, seduce, slip noose, snow goose, Tereus, Theseus, traduce, transduce, turn loose, unloose, vamoose
Simple Definition of recluse
: a person who lives alone and avoids other people
Full Definition of recluse
: a person who leads a secluded or solitary life
Examples of recluse in a sentence
My neighbor is a recluse—I only see him about once a year.
<he was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a recluse>
First Known Use of recluse
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