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recluse  (rɪˈkluːs



  1. a person who lives in seclusion
  2. a person who lives in solitude to devote himself to prayer and religious meditation; a hermit, anchorite, or anchoress


  1. solitary; retiring

Derived Forms

reclusion  (rɪˈkluːʒən   noun
reˈclusive  adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French reclus, from Late Latin reclūdere to shut away, from Latin re- + claudere to close

Translations for 'recluse'

  • British English: recluse A recluse is a person who lives alone and deliberately avoids other people. NOUNHis widow became a virtual recluse for the remainder of her life.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: recluso reclusa
  • Chinese: 隐居者隐隱居者
  • European Spanish: ermitaño ermitaña
  • French: reclus recluse
  • German: Einsiedler Einsiedlerin
  • Italian: eremita
  • Japanese: 世捨て人
  • Korean: 은둔자
  • Portuguese: recluso reclusa
  • Spanish: ermitaño ermitaña

Example Sentences Including 'recluse'

He had become something of a recluse over these last months.
Appiganesi, Lisa Dreams of Innocence
In 1956 Jon had yet to become the recluse who refused to have a telephone in his home.
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths
Hall said: `Is it true that Father Darrow's a recluse nowadays and sees no one?
Howatch, Susan Absolute Truths


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