re·​served | \ ri-ˈzərvd How to pronounce reserved (audio) \

Definition of reserved

1 : restrained in words and actions
2 : kept or set apart or aside for future or special use

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from reserved

reservedly \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce reservedly (audio) \ adverb
reservedness \ ri-​ˈzər-​vəd-​nəs How to pronounce reservedness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for reserved

silent, taciturn, reticent, reserved, secretive mean showing restraint in speaking. silent implies a habit of saying no more than is needed. the strong, silent type taciturn implies a temperamental disinclination to speech and usually connotes unsociability. taciturn villagers reticent implies a reluctance to speak out or at length, especially about one's own affairs. was reticent about his plans reserved implies reticence and suggests the restraining influence of caution or formality in checking easy informal conversational exchange. greetings were brief, formal, and reserved secretive, too, implies reticence but usually carries a suggestion of deviousness and lack of frankness or of an often ostentatious will to conceal. the secretive research and development division

Examples of reserved in a Sentence

She is a very reserved young woman. The front row is reserved for faculty.

Recent Examples on the Web

The venue is split into two main areas — the reserved seating sections near the stage and the general admission lawn area in back. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Shoreline Amphitheatre Guide: Everything you need to know before the show," 3 July 2019 At present, season tickets for the reserved end line sections that border the GA sections start at $240 versus $199 for a GA season ticket. Pat Brennan,, "Why FC Cincinnati is ending general admission seating for the 2020 MLS season at Nippert," 2 July 2019 Something the fog couldn’t hide, though, was the wide array of empty seats in the three paid reserved sections (including the entire row this reviewer occupied) at the front of the venue. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Yungblud, Lauren Alaina and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 7," 1 July 2019 Those driving can buy reserved parking permits in advance through to park at Tailgate Lot on Imperial Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets, or the adjacent Padres Parkade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Going to Paul McCartney’s Petco Park concert Saturday? Here are 10 tips.," 20 June 2019 Other neighbors on Thursday described Dosouqi as quiet and reserved, though some interactions with him seemed strange. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "Skyline stabbing suspect was acting strange, second victim trying to rebuild life," 20 June 2019 Add pasta and toss to coat, adding some reserved pasta water if pasta seems dry. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mint and Walnut Pesto Lasagna Noodles," 29 Apr. 2019 Raúl Castro, quiet and reserved, was happy to take a back seat to his older brother. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Raúl Castro: 5 things to know about departing Cuba president," 18 Apr. 2018 Top with carrots and drizzle with reserved dressing. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 11 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reserved.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reserved

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reserved

Statistics for reserved

Last Updated

10 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for reserved

The first known use of reserved was in 1601

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for reserved



English Language Learners Definition of reserved

: not openly expressing feelings or opinions
: kept for use only by a particular person or group


re·​served | \ ri-ˈzərvd How to pronounce reserved (audio) \

Kids Definition of reserved

1 : cautious in words and actions
2 : kept or set apart for future or special use We have reserved seats.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on reserved

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with reserved

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reserved

Spanish Central: Translation of reserved

Nglish: Translation of reserved for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of reserved for Arabic Speakers

Comments on reserved

What made you want to look up reserved? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!