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)

b : stylish, fashionable

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


exclusively adverb
exclusiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for exclusive

Synonyms: Adjective

single, sole, unshared

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


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

But the broadcaster did manage to secure one legitimately impressive piece of content for its inaugural day of service: an exclusive 8K version of Stanley Kubrick’s eternal classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sam Byford, The Verge, "2001: A Space Odyssey’s 8K TV broadcast doesn’t quite go beyond the infinite," 3 Dec. 2018 Payless Shoesource, of course, sells affordable shoes, carrying brands like Champion, Airwalk, SmartFit, and Dexter, as well as lower price-point Payless-exclusive versions of American Eagle and Christian Siriano brands. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Payless doesn’t need to trick bargain-hunting young people with faux-luxury hoaxes," 30 Nov. 2018 But a company controlled by Mr. Efromovich was unwilling to cede control, so Avianca’s board approved an agreement for exclusive negotiations with United. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "United Reaches Deal on Avianca Loan, Partnership," 30 Nov. 2018 Before Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tie the knot on Saturday, here’s an exclusive sneak peek at our January cover story. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 The company may also make exclusive bonus content or director's cuts of films available only to paid subscribers. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Bring in the ads—YouTube may let everyone watch Original shows, films," 28 Nov. 2018 There’s also a free online exclusive Yeti bear with purchase over $100. Glamour, "All The Cyber Monday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 2018 Originally developed as an exclusive series for YouTube Red, Burn the Stage takes an inside look at RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook's lives on the 2017 Wings Tour, a voyage which included their first arena shows in America. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Movie "Burn the Stage" Shows the Group's Unwavering Dedication to Their Music," 20 Nov. 2018 If an exclusive Wyoming retreat sounds good to you, 14750 South Wagon Road is on the market now for $11,900,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Mod mountain retreat asks $11.9M," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Roku Premiere player costs $39, and the Premiere+ costs $49 and will be a Walmart exclusive. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Roku Premiere devices make 4K HDR streaming as affordable as $39," 24 Sep. 2018 The copper color will be a GameStop exclusive in the US for launch. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Sony adds four new brightly colored PlayStation 4 controller options," 20 Aug. 2018 That’s according to a Reuters exclusive that says Microsoft has been showing off its automated grocery store technology to retailers around the world and has had discussions with Walmart. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Comcast vs Disney, China Tariffs, Rolls-Royce Cuts: CEO Daily for June 14, 2018," 14 June 2018 In a Fox exclusive, Omarosa's closest confidant inside the Trump administration will be here to set the record straight about what really went on in the White House. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 2018 The four-day comic book convention attracts some 130,000 souls every year who come for the swag, the parties, the exclusives, the stars and the wild experience of being with like-minded, and often costumed, pop culture fanatics. Lindsey Bahr, The Seattle Times, "5 of the biggest takeaways from Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 The content lineup is further bolstered by My5 exclusives, including East Los High and Wonderland. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom U.K.'s Channel 5 Streaming Service Adds PBS," 4 July 2018 Of course, a few non-exclusives did manage to sneak in there (albeit briefly). Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Sony PlayStation at E3: The Last of Us Part II, Spider-Man, Nioh 2, and unsurprising blockbusters," 11 June 2018 In another no-gameplay tease, Wolfenstein Cyberpilot was announced as a VR exclusive with nothing more than a title announcement, but the new VR shooter will be playable on this year's E3 show floor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Bethesda at E3: Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield confirmed for “next generation”," 11 June 2018

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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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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, -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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