erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrä-tik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly erotical \ i-​ˈrä-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

Definition of erotic

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire erotic art
2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from erotic

erotic noun
erotically \ i-​ˈrä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of erotic in a Sentence

the erotic aspects of the story of Beauty and the Beast

Recent Examples on the Web

The free resource provides some of the hottest erotic fiction and fantasy on the internet from a variety of authors and points of view. Glamour, "15 Porn Sites for Women That You'll Really, Really Enjoy," 20 May 2019 Rekhti, a genre of poetry that flourished in India from the late 1700s, describes erotic encounters between women. New York Times, "Gay in India, Where Progress Has Come Only With Risk," 2 June 2018 Both Boucher and Renoir expressed an 18th-century view of the erotic as a humane and civilizing concept, rather than as a violent and disruptive one, which may be why women tend to love both artists in ways that men do not. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 2019 Michael Crichton had just published his erotic corporate-sabotage thriller Disclosure, in which data gets visualized in a virtual world; soon after, the novel was made into a movie starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema," 20 June 2019 Plus, fraternal camaraderie, which Zeffirelli inevitably finds trenchant as well as erotic, as did his Renaissance forbears. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 There will be a lecture on the technological advances moving humanity’s love efforts forward, followed by a screening of a documentary about the changing art of erotic cinema. Trevor Fraser,, "Experimental theater gets the spotlight in Central Florida," 19 June 2019 If that plot sound familiar, Francois Ozon came to Cannes just 12 months ago with his thematically similar erotic thriller Double Lover. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Asako I & II' ('Netemo sametemo'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 String players have a kind of dogged, erotic approach to playing music, which is maybe not friendly but very human and very connected. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Playlist: Henry Jamison's favorite friendship songs," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'erotic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of erotic

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for erotic

Greek erōtikos, from erōt-, erōs

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about erotic

Statistics for erotic

Last Updated

14 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for erotic

The first known use of erotic was in 1651

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for erotic



English Language Learners Definition of erotic

: relating to sex : causing sexual feelings


erot·​ic | \ i-ˈrät-ik How to pronounce erotic (audio) \
variants: also erotical \ i-​ˈrät-​i-​kəl How to pronounce erotical (audio) \

Medical Definition of erotic

1 : of, devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire
2 : strongly marked or affected by sexual desire

Other Words from erotic

erotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce erotically (audio) \ adverb

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on erotic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with erotic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for erotic

Spanish Central: Translation of erotic

Nglish: Translation of erotic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of erotic for Arabic Speakers

Comments on erotic

What made you want to look up erotic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!