exotic

adjective
ex·​ot·​ic | \ig-ˈzä-tik \

Definition of exotic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : introduced from another country : not native to the place where found exotic plants

2 archaic : foreign, alien

3 : strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual exotic flavors

4 : of or relating to striptease exotic dancing

exotic

noun

Definition of exotic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one (such as a plant or animal) that is exotic

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Other Words from exotic

Adjective

exotically \ig-​ˈzä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
exoticness \ig-​ˈzä-​tik-​nəs \ noun

Examples of exotic in a Sentence

Adjective

She's known for her exotic tastes. the gradual disappearance of exotic lands in a culturally homogenized world

Noun

Some native species are being crowded out by exotics. the botanical garden boasts an array of horticultural exotics from around the world
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Pattern is also key, as many bohemian textiles come from exotic places around the world, like Persian rugs and Ikat from Southeast Asia. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Bohemian Design," 19 Oct. 2018 The influx transformed England’s top flight: a league that had long been entirely stocked by British players — with a smattering of Scandinavians — was suddenly a much more diverse, cosmopolitan, exotic place. Rory Smith, New York Times, "When the World’s Greatest Soccer Players Gather, Scouts Stay Away," 5 July 2018 The easiest way to do that is to book a room in a fancy hotel or in some exotic place. Steve & Mia, Philly.com, "Steve and Mia: Should I cheat on my wife to have a threesome?," 31 May 2018 In addition to his Masonic activities, William enjoyed golf, skiing, gardening and traveling to exotic places such as South America, Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand and French Polynesia with wife Jean at his side. courant.com, "William Jeanfavre," 12 Apr. 2018 The most exclusive event of the week, The Quail, showcased some of the most exotic, pristine cars from around the world, as well as decadent tents full of first-class food and a crowd decked in stylish suits and dramatic hats. Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Playground of the Super Rich You Never Knew Existed," 6 Sep. 2018 Infiniti showed off the Prototype 10 at the Quail, an ancillary show of exotic cars held on a Carmel-by-the-Sea property, where sunshine, champagne, and oysters are plentiful. Tamara Warren, The Verge, "Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide," 29 Aug. 2018 Offset closes down the track surrounded by a plethora of exotic cars stored in the undisclosed location's garage; he's joined by Rich The Kid prior to culminating his journey with a courageous escape from the insane asylum. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Rich The Kid Nearly Goes Insane in New 'Lost It' Video Featuring Quavo & Offset," 10 July 2018 Caravans of exotic cars will blast through Oregon this summer on their annual migration to places with good weather, dry roads and prestigious classic car shows. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Accelerating style: Streamlined cars, designed to go fast, arrive at Portland Art Museum (photos)," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unlike the Italian exotics whose curves ancient Roman sculptors would recognize as beautiful, the Senna is all lines, planes, and intersecting surfaces. Basem Wasef, WIRED, "McLaren's $958,966 Senna Hypercar Ain't Pretty, but It Can Whip a Track," 30 June 2018 Gaggles of exotics — Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys — regularly strut this pavement. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Review: ‘Silence Is the New Power’," 6 June 2018 What's new is that automakers are using not exotics and luxury model, but relying on bread-and-butter pickup trucks to introduce new technologies such as GM's four-cylinder deactivation, dual-volute turbo, and Active Thermal Management. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Moving More With Less: Why Four-Cylinders Are Coming to Full-Size Trucks," 21 June 2018 Featuring hot rods, classics, exotics and bikes, the season opener was a great neighborhood-style show, giving numerous awards for the winners among the stellar selection of rides participating. Heidi Van Horne, Houston Chronicle, "1969 Chevy Camaro is a show-stopper in Marina del Rey," 2 June 2018 For those playing exotics, use No. 1 Bonmont and No. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s top 10 Kentucky Derby horses before the San Felipe," 9 Mar. 2018 All of the other animals, most of them carnivorous exotics like tigers and lions and bears, were killed by police. Longreads, "Wild At Heart," 17 May 2018 Two of the exotics, ibex and oryx, trace back to Frank C. Hibben, an avid hunter and chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission in the late 1940s and ’50s who advocated importing big-game species to bolster the state’s hunting opportunities. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Believe It or Not, You Can Safari in New Mexico," 16 Apr. 2018 The event will feature cars from the classics to the latest exotics. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Coffee & Cars reschedules for Saturday, April 14," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of exotic

Adjective

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exotic

Adjective

Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō

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exotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very different, strange, or unusual

of a plant or animal : not living or growing naturally in a particular area : from another part of the world

exotic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a plant or animal that does not live or grow naturally in a particular area

exotic

adjective
ex·​ot·​ic | \ig-ˈzä-tik \

Kids Definition of exotic

1 : very different, strange, or unusual

2 : introduced from another country : not native exotic plants

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