plural noun
ex·​ot·​i·​ca | \ ig-ˈzä-ti-kə How to pronounce exotica (audio) \

Definition of exotica

: things excitingly different or unusual especially : literary or artistic items having an exotic theme or nature

Examples of exotica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, the exotica of Latin American backdrops offered a far more alluring temptation for early video game developers in the 1980s. Gabriel Solis, Wired, 29 Oct. 2021 Their size, their sound, the exotica of their games, shows, rides, and exhibits. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 July 2021 In an unusual touch, Ms. Clark plays sitar on almost half these songs, and the instrument’s curling notes impart a feeling of second-hand exotica that fits the subject matter. Mark Richardson, WSJ, 10 May 2021 And unlike tempestuous Italian exotica, its spacious body and four-wheel drive provide everyday performance. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 19 May 2020 Now the couple have brought at least some of the exotica of the island to our own continent. Julia Reed, ELLE Decor, 15 Apr. 2020 Her brand of electronic music encompassed orchestral pop, world exotica and tribal choirs, a seamless strand of world music over head-bobbing rhythms. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, 1 Aug. 2019 The album’s lush easy-listening atmosphere, foreshadowing Baxter’s later career as an impresario of exotica music, was at odds with the others’ contemporary tastes. Matthew Guerrieri, BostonGlobe.com, 3 July 2019 Massachusetts law forbids happy-hour drink specials, but a creative cocktail list includes such exotica as El Cubano, cinnamon tea infused with premium Absolut Elyx, lemon, mint and Prosecco. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of exotica

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exotica

New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of exoticus

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“Exotica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotica. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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