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[si-kloo-did] /sɪˈklu dɪd/
sheltered or screened from general activity, view, etc.:
a secluded cottage.
withdrawn from or involving little human or social activity:
a secluded life.
Origin of secluded
1595-1605; seclude + -ed2
Related forms
secludedly, adverb
secludedness, noun
nonsecluded, adjective
nonsecludedly, adverb
nonsecludedness, noun
unsecluded, adjective
unsecludedly, adverb
well-secluded, adjective
isolated, retired, sequestered, cloistered, private, secret.


[si-klood] /sɪˈklud/
verb (used with object), secluded, secluding.
to place in or withdraw into solitude; remove from social contact and activity, etc.
to isolate; shut off; keep apart:
They secluded the garden from the rest of the property.
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin sēclūdere, equivalent to sē- se- + -clūdere, combining form of claudere to close
Related forms
unsecluding, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for secluded
  • Because they are secluded and withdrawn, as their name implies, the brown recluse avoids open spaces.
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  • Every garden should offer a secluded place to relax.
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  • Wood-beam ceilings, traditional furnishings, and secluded garden.
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  • The grounds boasted a secluded lodge and a forest reserved for hunting deer and other game.
  • Punishment will only teach your puppy to find a more secluded area in your house to go in.
British Dictionary definitions for secluded


kept apart from the company of others: a secluded life
sheltered; private
Derived Forms
secludedly, adverb
secludedness, noun


verb (transitive)
to remove from contact with others
to shut off or screen from view
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sēclūdere to shut off, from sē- + claudere to imprison
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Word Origin and History for secluded

c.1600, of persons; in reference to places, 1798, past participle adjective from seclude (v.). Earlier secluse (1590s).



mid-15c., "to shut up, enclose, confine," from Latin secludere "shut off, confine," from se- "apart" (see secret) + -cludere, variant of claudere "to shut" (see close (v.)). Meaning "to remove or guard from public view" is recorded from 1620s. Related: Secluded; secluding.

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