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

Synonyms & Antonyms for exotic

Synonyms: Adjective

fantastic (also fantastical), glamorous (also glamourous), marvelous (or marvellous), outlandish, romantic, strange

Synonyms: Noun

curio, curiosity, objet d'art (also objet), oddity, oddment, rarity

Antonyms: Adjective

familiar, nonexotic, nonglamorous, unexotic, unglamorous, unromantic

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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

While California may be culturally less exotic than Italy, from a cycling perspective the terrain was at least as decadent and beguiling. Outside Online, "Riding 100 Miles* on a 102-Year-Old Bike," 12 June 2018 Players go globetrotting with Lil' Bub in exotic locations ranging from the Krubera Caves in Georgia to a volcano in Ecuador to find Spooky and—in an E.T.-like twist—to locate eight missing parts to its space pod to get back home. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Animals / News / Technology / The Internet Famous feline Lil' Bub gets her own video game—built by Chicago's Logan Arcade," 23 May 2018 When Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1932, California itself was exotic. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Lessons from LA’s 1984 Summer Olympics," 17 May 2018 The result was exotic, beginning with mazze (called mezze elsewhere), little dishes with vibrant flavors. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 Of course, in much of Latin America at that time, ice was hard to come by, perhaps even exotic. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, "How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence," 24 Apr. 2018 Roberge and Lagacé appear to have documented much of their trip on Instagram, with a number of photos from exotic locations taken during the period. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Canadian who posted drug smuggling trip on Instagram sentenced to prison," 19 Apr. 2018 In the beginning—in the South China Sea, Malaysia, Australia, Africa, Marquesas Islands, Thailand, the Amazon—these are wildly exotic locations. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Survivor's Jeff Probst on the One Travel Item That Will Get You Out of Any Jam," 27 Feb. 2018 Often devoid of policy or even political scuttlebutt, WhatsApp chatrooms are more likely to be filled with pictures of cats or dinners in not-so exotic locations, or comments on last night’s TV, than serious intrigue. Bloomberg.com, "How British Lawmakers Really Use WhatsApp," 15 Feb. 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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