exotic

adjective
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

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 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

From boat cruises to exotic locales, your favorite celebrities made sure to live their best lives on Labor Day. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Your Fave Celebs Were Out And About For Labor Day!," 3 Sep. 2019 Collections of stars, peace signs, flowers, food and even electric plugs blend together with shots of superstar friends and exotic locales. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 EVs may still seem exotic to many shoppers on the car lot, but their sales are consistently accelerating year over year. Patti Poppe, Fortune, "How Energy Companies Can Ignite the Electric Vehicle Revolution," 12 Aug. 2019 But for younger guys, who grew up with the MILF, older women seem exotic. Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Candace Bushnell on Sex and the Much, Much Younger Man," 6 Aug. 2019 Think of this eau as a summer escape, without the hassle of flying to an exotic locale. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Diptyque Launches a New Limited Edition Fragrance With the Summer Solstice," 21 June 2019 In contrast to photographers who shoot epic scenes in exotic locales, Button looks inward and stays local. Daniel Stone, National Geographic, "See these otherworldly landscapes—created by whisky," 17 June 2019 Disney on Ice has decided to use its vast map of exotic locales in Road Trip Adventures, a new production that sees Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and more travel the whole (not exactly new) world. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney on Ice brings a ‘Road Trip’ to Amway Center," 9 June 2019 And instead of little mice putting together a gown for him, Sir John had exotic dancers help him get a passport and a plane ticket to push him towards his dream. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Makeup Artist Sir John Says Doing Makeup At The Strip Club Helped His Career," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In 2016, the Feline Conservation Federation, which advocates for private ownership, used public records and sources in the exotics community to come up with 2,330 tigers. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 The brewery website lists 15 brews available on tap, including exotics such as Jester, a Sour Golden Ale with mango and habanero. al.com, "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 Helmus found that his new data did indeed follow what the model predicted; the islands with the fewest natives gained the most exotics. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 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

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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 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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