X-rat·​ed ˈeks-ˈrā-təd How to pronounce X-rated (audio)
: having a rating of X
broadly : relating to or characterized by explicit sexual material or activity
an X-rated book
: obscene, vulgar
an X-rated gesture

Examples of X-rated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What audiences see are silhouettes engaged in a shadow play of entwined hands and arched backs, sensual but not X-rated. Rebecca Ritzel, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Granted, none of these are X-rated, but one of my concerns is that the intensity of this online relationship has grown quite exponentially in a very short time and could very well lead to actual X-rated. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Keep the red boost light on with your right foot and the Riviera will eventually peak out at 105 mph, although the speedometer is X-rated above 85. Don Sherman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of X-rated was in 1970

Dictionary Entries Near X-rated

Cite this Entry

“X-rated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/X-rated. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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