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Meaning of recluse by Wiktionary Dictionary

recluse


    Etymology

    From Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin reclūdere, present active infinitive of reclūdō ( “enclose” ), from re- + claudō ( “close” ) .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /rɪˈkluːs/, /ˈrɛkluːs/
    • Rhymes: -uːs

    Adjective

    recluse ( comparative more recluse, superlative most recluse )

    1. ( now rare ) Sequestered; secluded, isolated .
    2. ( now rare ) Hidden, secret .

    Synonyms

    Noun

    recluse ( plural: recluses )

    1. A person who lives in self-imposed isolation or seclusion from the world, especially for religious purposes; a hermit .
    2. ( obsolete ) The place where a recluse dwells; a place of isolation or seclusion .
    3. ( US ) A brown recluse spider .

    Synonyms

    • See also Wikisaurus:recluse

    Derived terms



Explanation of recluse by Wordnet Dictionary

recluse


    Adjective
    1. withdrawn from society

    Noun
    1. one who lives in solitude



    Definition of recluse by GCIDE Dictionary

    recluse


    1. Recluse ( reklūs ), a. [F. reclus, L. reclusus, from recludere, reclusum, to unclose, open, in LL., to shut up. See Close.] Shut up, sequestered; retired from the world or from public notice; solitary; living apart; as, “a recluse monk or hermit; a recluse life”

      In meditation deep, recluse

      From human converse. J. Philips.

    2. Recluse, n. [F. reclus, LL. reclusus. See Recluse, a.]
      1. A person who lives in seclusion from intercourse with the world, as a hermit or monk; specifically, one of a class of secluded devotees who live in single cells, usually attached to monasteries.

      2. The place where a recluse dwells. [Obs.] Foxe.

    3. Recluse, v. t. To shut up; to seclude. [Obs.]