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Meaning of recluse

rec•luse

Pronunciation: (n.rek'ls, ri-kls'adj.ri-kls', rek'ls), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who lives in seclusion or apart from society, often for religious meditation.
  2. a religious voluntary immured in a cave, hut, or the like, or one remaining within a cell for life.
—adj.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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