plural noun
es·​o·​ter·​i·​ca | \ ˌe-sə-ˈter-i-kə How to pronounce esoterica (audio) , -ˈte-ri- \

Definition of esoterica

: esoteric items

Examples of esoterica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sorting through all these rates is not merely an exercise in banking esoterica. The Economist, "Free exchange What China’s interest-rate muddle says about its financial system," 2 Apr. 2020 Into the garages!—and started their own league, based on the esoterica of surfing. John Wilkens,, "Tom Wolfe left his mark in San Diego with 'Pump House Gang'," 15 May 2018 How else to explain Alan Gershwin’s encyclopedic knowledge of Gershwin lore and esoterica and a Manhattan apartment made uninhabitable by heaps of Gershwin detritus? David Margolick, New York Times, "Alan Gershwin, Who Claimed a Famous Father, Is Dead at 91," 6 Mar. 2018 And that means hours-long hearings delving into the esoterica of various state laws. Dan Sweeney,, "Chicago is not Gov. Scott's kind of town," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of esoterica

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for esoterica

New Latin, from Greek esōterika, neuter plural of esōterikos

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“Esoterica.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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