ex·​ot·​ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik How to pronounce exotic (audio) \

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



Definition of exotic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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exotically \ ig-​ˈzä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce exotically (audio) \ adverb
exoticness \ ig-​ˈzä-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce exoticness (audio) \ 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 The tragedy has drawn attention to the potential dangers of the free-trading boom inspired by Robinhood, which has given young, first-time investors easy access to exotic financial instruments typically used by sophisticated investors. Matt Egan, CNN, "Apparent suicide by 20-year-old Robinhood trader who saw a negative $730,000 balance prompts app to make changes," 19 June 2020 Fashion houses including Chanel, Nine West and Victoria Beckham are banning the use of exotic leathers. Candace Famiglietti, The Conversation, "Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade," 19 June 2020 Park staff and volunteers have been working to reduce exotic plant species, Swann said. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Will the iconic saguaro cactus start to disappear from parts of the Southwest?," 18 June 2020 Leishman adds that River eschews exotic cryptocurrencies and trading options to focus instead on traditional banking products: joint accounts for married couples, IRAs, tax-advantaged accounts and so on. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "‘Bitcoin for Boomers’ startup River Financial raises $5.7M," 17 June 2020 It’s exotic, quaint, intimate — and, of course, quite subjective. Quanta Magazine, "The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty," 16 June 2020 The house has a 10-car garage that previously housed the seller’s collection of exotic automobiles. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "North Dallas mansion sale is one of the largest this year," 12 June 2020 Rarely since then can Portofino, an elegant resort on the Italian riviera, have been as sparsely peopled on a Saturday afternoon: when the very rich moved on to more exotic locations, the day-trippers moved in. The Economist, "The not-so-dolce vita Italy struggles to reopen for tourism," 11 June 2020 May 30 reporting that as many as five exotic sports cars were now traveling at a high rate of speed down River Road and heading into Hunting Valley. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Doctor takes needed break during morning rush hour: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 5 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Asian giant hornets could also have deadly impacts on pollinators like native bee species, many of which are already suffering from competition with other exotics, Looney says. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 4 May 2020 Use both in exotics along with Winning Impression and My Friends Beer. Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita shoots for May 15 re-opening," 1 May 2020 Azaleas fall into two camps: Natives are indigenous to parts of the U.S. and lose their leaves in winter; exotics are evergreens that come primarily from Japan, and most are hybrids. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, "7 Deadly Azalea Mistakes You Should Avoid," 22 May 2020 But the couple did not share his passion and shipped off some of his exotics to the Jardin des Plantes, the national botanical garden in Paris, where their descendants flourish today. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "Marie Antoinette Would Be Proud," 6 Apr. 2020 But there’s eye candy, including exotics, which are roped off, and the chance to get up close and personal with the latest current models, everything from Ford to Jaguar to Cadillac to Toyota. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "New Novi auto show not a replacement for Detroit show, but you can see cars, even exotics," 4 Jan. 2020 Her son, Nikko, 11, loves exotics, so Fotion was unhappy that those were off-limits. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "New Novi auto show not a replacement for Detroit show, but you can see cars, even exotics," 4 Jan. 2020 Prices for the base version will start at about $60,000 compared to $200,000 or much more for European exotics. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The new Corvette is named MotorTrend Car of the Year," 18 Nov. 2019 Herbs and salad leaves, including exotics such as Genovese basil and Peruvian mint, are resupplied with seedlings from the company’s nursery as the mature plants are picked. The Economist, "New ways to make vertical farming stack up," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of exotic


1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exotic


Latin exoticus, from Greek exōtikos, from exō

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The first known use of exotic was in 1599

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24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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



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


ex·​ot·​ic | \ ig-ˈzä-tik How to pronounce exotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of exotic

1 : very different, strange, or unusual
2 : introduced from another country : not native exotic plants

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