adjective ex·clu·sive \iks-ˈklü-siv, -ziv\

: not shared : available to only one person or group

: only allowing in people from a high social class

: available to only a few people because of high cost

Full Definition of EXCLUSIVE

a :  excluding or having power to exclude
b :  limiting or limited to possession, control, or use by a single individual or group
a :  excluding others from participation
b :  snobbishly aloof
a :  accepting or soliciting only a socially restricted patronage (as of the upper class)
b :  stylish, fashionable
c :  restricted in distribution, use, or appeal because of expense
a :  single, sole <exclusive jurisdiction>
b :  whole, undivided <his exclusive attention>
ex·clu·sive·ly adverb
ex·clu·sive·ness noun

Examples of EXCLUSIVE

  1. He belongs to an exclusive club.
  2. She attended an exclusive private school.
  3. one of the city's most exclusive restaurants
  4. They gave their exclusive attention to the job.

First Known Use of EXCLUSIVE




: a news story that appears in only one newspaper or that is broadcast by only one television or radio station

Full Definition of EXCLUSIVE

:  something exclusive: as
a :  a news story at first released to or reported by only one source
b :  an exclusive right (as to sell a particular product in a certain area)

First Known Use of EXCLUSIVE

15th century
EXCLUSIVE Defined for Kids


adjective ex·clu·sive \ik-ˈsklü-siv, -ziv\

Definition of EXCLUSIVE for Kids

:  excluding or trying to exclude others <an exclusive neighborhood>
:  4sole 2 <Residents have exclusive use of the beach.>
:  entire, complete <Please give me your exclusive attention.>
ex·clu·sive·ly adverb
July 27, 2015
yaw Hear it
to move off course or to alternate
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears