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 With such numbers and positive online reactions, additional DLC and sequels seem inevitable. The game’s success has prompted a sigh of relief from EA, which has had an exclusive 10-year license to produce Star Wars games for Lucasfilm since 2013. Fortune, "Disney Is Ready to Roll Out New ‘Star Wars’ Sagas as One Story Ends," 14 Jan. 2020 By the time Hall played that festival in Michigan, the Pinegrove cult was growing both more obsessive and less exclusive. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "Pinegrove Stages a Complicated Comeback," 13 Jan. 2020 Amazon and Flipkart also give preference to products from their in-house brands and have signed exclusive deals with several companies, particularly smartphone makers, the trade group added. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Amazon and Flipkart face an antitrust investigation in India," 13 Jan. 2020 In another salvo in the streaming wars, YouTube has signed three big-time influencers in gaming to become exclusive to the largest video platform in the world. Washington Post, "YouTube signs on exclusive streaming deals with 3 big gaming creators: LazarBeam, Muselk and Valkyrae," 13 Jan. 2020 Now his Tigers are on the cusp of joining exclusive company in college football history. Ralph D. Russo, BostonGlobe.com, "Clemson can join elite company with a victory over LSU," 12 Jan. 2020 The Tigers would also enter even more exclusive college football company with a third national title in four years. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "LSU-Clemson prop bets include Donald Trump, Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence and more," 10 Jan. 2020 An exclusive menu item in Dallas is a Buffalo chicken pizza with red onions that comes topped with celery, carrots and ranch dressing. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "New England pizzeria Flatbread Company picks Lower Greenville for first Texas restaurant," 10 Jan. 2020 Other features include a 24-hour butler service, course-by-course in-suite dining, and exclusive access to executive lounges. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "All Aboard Oceania Riviera’s New Ralph Lauren Home-Designed Suites," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given the success of lunar New Year merchandise in the Asian and Canadian markets, Starbucks is bringing it's Lunar New Year goods stateside for the first time, in a Target exclusive. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "It’s Officially Valentine’s Day, According To Starbucks," 13 Jan. 2020 That’s when Hallmark rolls out its annual Keepsake Ornament Premiere, a sales event which reveals new ornaments and exclusives in limited quantities online and in stores. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Christmas Hallmark Keepsake ornament collector has than 40 Christmas trees and thousands of ornaments," 11 Dec. 2019 The 2,900-square-foot store will carry the full line of Dickies’ men’s, women’s and junior’s ranges as well as exclusives and collaborations with prices ranging from $10 for a beanie to $130 for a Dickies Pro Jacket. Houston Chronicle, "Dickies picks Katy for its second Houston-area store," 26 Nov. 2019 Photographic evidence of Prince Archie feels exclusive and few and far in-between. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Confirmed Baby Archie Is a Redhead," 17 Oct. 2019 For National Ice Cream Day, download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get notified of freebies and weekly exclusives. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's the scoop on National Ice Cream Day deals and freebies in Louisville," 3 June 2019 Heated, cooled and massaging front seats are a class exclusive, at least for now, and the XT4 gets Cadillac’s latest infotainment system, now with a scroll knob to augment its touchscreen interface. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The Cadillac XT4 is aimed at Gen X," 28 Mar. 2018 Sony's been low-key dribbling information every few months through a series of Wired exclusives. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft announces the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards, along with a Hellblade sequel," 13 Dec. 2019 Agricultural lobbyists, among the most influential in Europe, have exclusive, closed-door access to government leaders. New York Times, "Who Keeps Europe’s Farm Billions Flowing? Often, Those Who Benefit," 11 Dec. 2019

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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 2020

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“Exclusive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclusive. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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