Definition of recluse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//rɪˈkluːs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrekluːs//
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a person who lives alone and likes to avoid other people to lead the life of a recluse See related entries: Loneliness Word Origin Middle English: from Old French reclus, past participle of reclure, from Latin recludere ‘enclose’, from re- ‘again’ + claudere ‘to shut’.
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