ex·​clu·​sive | \ ik-ˈsklü-siv How to pronounce exclusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of exclusive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : excluding or having power to exclude
b : limiting or limited to possession, control, or use by a single individual or group
2a : excluding others from participation
b : snobbishly aloof
3a : accepting or soliciting only a socially restricted patronage (as of the upper class)
c : restricted in distribution, use, or appeal because of expense
4a : single, sole exclusive jurisdiction
b : whole, undivided his exclusive attention



Definition of exclusive (Entry 2 of 2)

: something exclusive: such 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)

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Other Words from exclusive


exclusiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for exclusive

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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In words such as expel, export, and exclusive, the prefix ex- means "out of, outside". Thus, to exclude means basically to close the door in order to keep someone or something out. When the word appears in an advertisement, it's often making an appeal to snobs. An "exclusive" offer is supposedly made to only a few people; not so many years ago, "exclusive" housing developments excluded those of a certain race or color. If a product is being sold exclusively by one store, you won't be able to find it anywhere else. When a newspaper or news show has an exclusive, it's a story that no one else has yet reported. Exclusive's antonym is inclusive; an inclusive policy, an inclusive church, or an inclusive approach is one that aims to include as many people as possible.

Examples of exclusive in a Sentence

Adjective He belongs to an exclusive club. She attended an exclusive private school. one of the city's most exclusive restaurants They gave their exclusive attention to the job.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Don't forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Casey Wilson's Comedy of Eras: On endings, beginnings, and why her new memoir will wreck you," 29 Apr. 2021 The winning bidder didn’t acquire a copyright, or even exclusive access to it. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why Warriors are the first professional sports team to get into NFTs," 28 Apr. 2021 As always, the Store offers subscriptions to the magazine: buy one today and receive exclusive access to the New Yorker app, The New Yorker Live, and other perks for subscribers only. The New Yorker, "New Products, and Subscriber Discounts, Arrive in The New Yorker Store," 27 Apr. 2021 Guests also have exclusive access to Calderisi Beach, a private strip of the Adriatic shore that’s just a 10-minute shuttle ride away. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 22 Apr. 2021 Page, who is also the Washington Bureau chief of USA Today, conducted 150 exclusive interviews for it, including 10 with Pelosi herself. Adia Robinson, ABC News, "Pelosi is a 'master of the inside game of politics': Journalist and author Susan Page," 21 Apr. 2021 On the app, the subscribers are encouraged to talk with each other, message the hosts and have front row access to exclusive live audio interviews with high profile guests. Jamie Cohen, Forbes, "Inside The Year’s Most Unique Media Experiment—And A Mark Zuckerberg Guest Appearance," 21 Apr. 2021 The main appeal was that customers could support local businesses while also being able to purchase exclusive, one-day-only items. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "For local shops, Independent Bookstore Day is ‘like Christmas and a bunch of other holidays rolled into one’," 18 Apr. 2021 The annual one-off from Super Tuscan estate Ornellaia is a €50 ($59) exclusive at the tasting room near the Tuscan coast. Elin Mccoy, Fortune, "The posh bottles of wine so exclusive that you can’t just go out and buy," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this year, a Post exclusive revealing a phone conversation between Trump and a Georgia elections investigator generated a spate of confirming follow-ups from other media outlets. Washington Post, "Opinion: The Post, New York Times and NBC News publish corrections on Russia-Giuliani stories," 1 May 2021 That said, the render does show that LiDAR will again be missing, leaving it as an exclusive for the Pro models. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, "New Apple Exclusive Reveals Surprise iPhone 13 Upgrades," 16 Apr. 2021 The home is in the exclusive and gated Admirals Cove community and on the Intercoastal Waterway. orlandosentinel.com, "Donald Trump Jr. buys mansion 20 miles from Mar-a-Lago," 1 Apr. 2021 Last week, a USA TODAY exclusive reported that videos pushing QAnon and COVID vaccine conspiracies were surging on TikTok, which has about 100 million users in the U.S., despite crackdowns by the social media app. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, "Have social platforms reached their peak? Pew survey shows little user growth since last year.," 7 Apr. 2021 At Artisanal, Church recorded Heart (out April 16), & (a fan-club exclusive, out April 20), and Soul (April 23) by completely upending his typical routine. Hilary Hughes, EW.com, "Hungry Heart," 6 Apr. 2021 Burke also announced the forthcoming release on Twitter with a link to Oprah Daily exclusive, which also details the story behind the book’s cover art designed by American fiber artist Bisa Butler. al, "Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘Me Too’ movement, set to release memoir," 31 Mar. 2021 West Cork was initially released as an Audible exclusive in the summer of 2018, during a stretch when the audiobook giant first started dipping its toe in developing original podcast-style programming. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "West Cork and 4 More Podcasts Worth Trying," 5 Jan. 2021 On Tuesday, in an announcement confirming the acquisition of Bethesda has been completed, Microsoft said there will be new games in the future exclusive to Xbox and Windows PCs. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass adding 20 Bethesda games including 'Skyrim,' 'Fallout 76'; see the full list," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of exclusive


1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exclusive was in the 15th century

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6 May 2021

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“Exclusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclusive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of exclusive (Entry 2 of 2)

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


ex·​clu·​sive | \ ik-ˈsklü-siv How to pronounce exclusive (audio) , -ziv \

Kids Definition of exclusive

1 : excluding or trying to exclude others an exclusive neighborhood
2 : sole entry 4 sense 2 Residents have exclusive use of the beach.
3 : entire, complete Please give me your exclusive attention.

Other Words from exclusive

exclusively adverb



Legal Definition of exclusive

1a : excluding or having power to exclude others exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveriesU.S. Constitution art. I
b : being independent from or not shared by others : sole exclusive control exclusive use
2 : limiting or limited to possession, ownership, or use by a single individual or group an exclusive lease

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