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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As part of the Jewel Towers, the first development in three decades with beachfront access, The Langham, Gold Coast will open on June 23 — and Travel + Leisure has the exclusive first look. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 Although Fisher has not allowed his three quarterbacks competing for the starting job in 2022 to visit with the media, veteran Haynes King has signed a deal with TexAgs for exclusive interviews leading to the season. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 Watch an exclusive first look at the trailer above. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 10 May 2022 Plus exclusive interviews with Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. ABC News, 8 May 2022 Techloom Bliss Knit Running Shoe, which is one of the brand's best-sellers — and the exact pair that made the cut for Oprah's exclusive list. Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Below, get an exclusive look at her getting-ready process. ELLE, 4 May 2022 For expert insights into the latest crypto and blockchain developments, crypto and equity model portfolios, and exclusive interviews subscribe today to our premium research service, Forbes CryptoAsset and Blockchain Advisor. Steven Ehrlich, Forbes, 2 May 2022 That announcement was followed by exclusive looks at Elvis, Wonka, The Flash, Shazam! Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Well, in a clip exclusive to EW, the 118 seem plenty worried about Bobby — and new team member Lucy (Arielle Kebbel) — as the fire truck goes skidding off a cliff toward them performing a rescue below. Patrick Gomez, EW.com, 16 May 2022 Again, recall that the new pill-design cutout will be an iPhone 14 Pro exclusive. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 12 May 2022 According to an exclusive from Deadline, the dreamy Crazy, Stupid, Love actor initially passed on the role but eventually committed after his schedule freed up. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 27 Apr. 2022 In fact, retailers have never had any version of the album to sell in stores, as Tyler’s website has also maintained the exclusive on CD and cassette editions, according to Billboard. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Apr. 2022 At $282, this phone feels like a sequel to the Nord N200, which came out almost a year ago as another T-Mobile exclusive and is $240. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 19 Apr. 2022 In a March interview, which China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, trumpeted as an exclusive, Mr. Norton said the United States, not Russia, was to blame for Russia’s invasion. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Having the best-selling video game franchise of the year as an Xbox/PC exclusive—and free for Xbox Game Pass subscribers—would be a massive win for Microsoft. Erik Kain, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 The top model made her Paris Fashion Week debut as an exclusive in Louis Vuitton's 2017 spring ready-to-wear show, walking the runway in a corset leather dress and fiery red hair. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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More Definitions for exclusive


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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