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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reserved mean? 

RESERVED (adjective)
  The adjective RESERVED has 3 senses:

1. set aside for the use of a particular person or party
2. marked by self-restraint and reticence
3. cool and formal in manner

  Familiarity information: RESERVED used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

RESERVED (adjective)

Sense 1reserved [BACK TO TOP]


Set aside for the use of a particular person or party


booked; engaged; set-aside (reserved in advance)

bookable (subject to being reserved or booked)

rarefied; rarified (reserved for an elite group)


unreserved (not reserved)

Sense 2reserved [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by self-restraint and reticence

Context example:

was habitually reserved in speech, withholding her opinion


indrawn; withdrawn (tending to reserve or introspection)

diffident (showing modest reserve)

aloof; distant; upstage (remote in manner)


inhibited (held back or restrained or prevented)

undemonstrative (not given to open expression of emotion)

backward ((used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature)

restrained (under restraint)


unreserved (not cautious or reticent)

Sense 3reserved [BACK TO TOP]


Cool and formal in manner


restrained; reticent; unemotional; reserved


undemonstrative (not given to open expression of emotion)

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