exclusive

adjective
ex·​clu·​sive | \ ik-ˈsklü-siv , -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

exclusive

noun

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

Adjective

exclusively adverb
exclusiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for exclusive

Synonyms: Adjective

single, sole, unshared

Antonyms: Adjective

nonexclusive

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Did You Know?

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

By January, Musk had done an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics detailing why the Starship would be made of stainless steel. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Shows Off SpaceX Raptor Engine Tests," 4 Feb. 2019 Learn more about the book and read an exclusive interview with the author here. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "#ReadWithMC Reviews Christina Lauren's 'My Favorite Half-Night Stand'," 1 Feb. 2019 News has an exclusive sneak peek of her performance. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Kardashians Are Tiffany Haddish's Punching Bag In MTV Awards Opening Joke," 18 June 2018 Check out the exclusive first look at Disney’s #Aladdin on the cover of the newest issue of @EntertainmentWeekly! Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Aladdin Set Looks Absolutely Incredible In The Trailer And Sneak Peek Photos," 20 Dec. 2018 The show will also debut a collaboration between creative director Stuart Vevers and four Chinese artists; Vogue has an exclusive first look here. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Meet the Chinese Artists Who Collaborated With Coach 1941 for Its Pre-Fall Show in Shanghai," 7 Dec. 2018 Below see an exclusive look at the campaign video which features 100 people born in the year 2000, directed by Dan Emmerson produced by Somesuch with creative direction by Uncommon. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "ASOS Launches In-House Brand “Collusion” Built by Teens," 1 Oct. 2018 And here, Town & Country has the exclusive first look at McTeer in character. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "An Exclusive First Look at Janet McTeer in Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet," 17 July 2018 As fans pointed out on Twitter, Ariana joins a relatively exclusive group of women with No. 1 single debuts. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is the First Woman Since Adele to Debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In a photo exclusive to PEOPLE, the girls can be seen proudly showing off their school reports to Jolie. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "How Angelina Jolie Spent Father's Day Amid Custody Drama with Brad Pitt," 18 June 2018 Its subject: how a talented Washington Post reporter pursued front-page exclusives during the Cold War. Marvin Kalb, WSJ, "Five Best: Marvin Kalb on Memoirs of War Reporting," 11 Jan. 2019 Kiwami The Yakuza games, long a PlayStation exclusive, started trickling onto PC this past summer with the release of Yakuza 0. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes," 30 Nov. 2018 Sponsored video Watch our exclusive sponsored video for great gift ideas this Holiday season! Discover Magazine, "Holiday Gift Guide," 24 Nov. 2018 There are a few games that only come out on Xbox, PS4, or Nintendo Switch, but the biggest titles are usually available on a PC, plus other non-console exclusives. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 Going for the Gold The WarioWare franchise began when WarioWare: Mega Microgame$ launched in 2003 as a Game Boy Advance exclusive with a wild sales pitch: one cartridge would include hundreds of games... but each lasts no more than five seconds. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarioWare Gold: A fine example of Nintendo’s weird “end of life” history," 3 Aug. 2018 But today, Jenner was back on her catwalk game in Paris as an exclusive at Givenchy, one of the most coveted runway shows of the season—sharing the spotlight with superstars like Karen Elson, Mariacarla Boscono and Natasha Poly. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is Kendall Jenner the Next Top Model?," 2 Mar. 2014 Along with changes to the point earning experience, Allure also reports that Sephora plans to offer additional Insider exclusives throughout their stores. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Announced Changes to Its Beauty Insider Program," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of exclusive

Adjective

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

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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More Definitions for exclusive

exclusive

adjective

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

exclusive

noun

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

exclusive

adjective
ex·​clu·​sive | \ ik-ˈsklü-siv , -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

exclusive

adjective
ex·​clu·​sive

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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