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 Video fatigue isn’t exclusive to Zoom, a Zoom spokesperson said. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, "Video Chatting Became Popular in 2020, and Improved Along the Way," 31 Dec. 2020 The negotiations will be exclusive until April 30, though no final decisions have been made about the terms of a deal or whether to go forward with a combination. Manuel Baigorri, Bloomberg.com, "CK Hutchison, Ooredoo in Talks to Merge Indonesia Telecom Units," 28 Dec. 2020 Third, because the Constitution explicitly states exceptions to the executive power that is otherwise fully endowed in the president, those exceptions are exclusive. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Lloyd Austin Conundrum," 26 Dec. 2020 Fitness+, a subscription service that is exclusive to Apple Watch owners, with videos just as high quality as Peloton’s. New York Times, "Tech That Was Fixed," 23 Dec. 2020 But other methylated regions, including around one gene involved in the breakdown of sugar, were exclusive to the group born and raised at high elevation, the team found. Freda Kreier, Science | AAAS, "High-altitude living has changed more than just the genes of some Peruvians," 22 Dec. 2020 This is the McLaren Sabre, which is exclusive to the U.S., with only 15 built. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "824-HP Sabre Is the Most Powerful Nonhybrid McLaren Yet," 22 Dec. 2020 Martinez also noted in a Facebook post that the light show is not exclusive to Selena. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Move over Laredo, this New Braunfels Selena light show is better," 22 Dec. 2020 These geometric elements aren't just exclusive to the exteriors, either. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Elvis Presley's Iconic Palm Springs Honeymoon House Has Sold — See Inside," 15 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to an exclusive with People, Cynthia's wedding had 250 guests in attendance. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "What We Know About Cynthia Bailey’s Pandemic Wedding — & How Much RHOA Will Show," 6 Dec. 2020 Fortune has the exclusive on the report, which identifies telemedicine, creams and supplements for aging, and digital communities around the menopause experience as the biggest needs. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, "Gloria Steinem on what Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation would mean," 26 Oct. 2020 Only one of those appears to be a PSVR exclusive, and the games' commonality is otherwise difficult to ascertain. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "PlayStation 5 will only leave 10 old PS4 games in the back-compat dust [Updated]," 9 Oct. 2020 The Selena Funko Pop with Selena in her iconic white dress from the 1995 Grammy Awards will be a Funko.com exclusive, coming soon. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "Funko Pop reveals Selena action figures in iconic outfit from Astrodome performance," 4 Dec. 2020 Lindsey now is looking at leasing a large long-term space in Rock Center that will include a café and a wellness center—and an exclusive on providing wellness services in the complex. Nick Leiber, Bloomberg.com, "A Brooklyn-Born Lifestyle Brand Expands in Real Life," 1 Dec. 2020 The shops will offer some 100 brands, many higher end and quite a few exclusive to Sephora, and carry about 90% of what a stand-alone Sephora does. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Kohl’s replaces J.C. Penney as Sephora’s U.S. department store partner," 1 Dec. 2020 Another Macy's exclusive, these pillows are normally pretty pricy. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The best Black Friday 2020 deals at Macy's right now," 28 Nov. 2020 Dalton and staff make available video workouts of each player to a portal exclusive to NFL personnel departments. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "NFL prospects getting second chance through Alumni Academy," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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18 Jan 2021

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“Exclusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive. Accessed 21 Jan. 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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