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recluse

adjective re·cluse \ ˈre-ˌklüs , ri-ˈklüs , ˈre-ˌklüz \

Definition of recluse

:marked by withdrawal from society :solitary

Did You Know?

Greta Garbo and Howard Hughes were two of the most famously reclusive celebrities of modern times. She had been a great international star, called the most beautiful woman in the world; he had been an aircraft manufacturer and film producer, with one of the greatest fortunes in the world. It seems that Garbo's reclusiveness resulted from her desire to leave her public with only the youthful image of her face. Hughes was terrified of germs, though that was the least of his problems.

Origin and Etymology 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


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recluse

noun

Definition of recluse

:a person who leads a secluded or solitary life

Examples of recluse in a Sentence

  1. My neighbor is a recluse—I only see him about once a year.

  2. he was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a recluse

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First Known Use of recluse

13th century

recluse Synonyms

Synonyms
anchorite, eremite, hermit, isolate, solitary
Related Words
homebody, shut-in
Near Antonyms
socialite; socializer

RECLUSE Defined for English Language Learners

recluse

noun

Definition of recluse for English Language Learners

  • : a person who lives alone and avoids other people



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