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Syllabification: ex·ot·ic
Pronunciation: /iɡˈzädik

Definition of exotic in English:


1Originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country: exotic birds they loved to visit exotic places
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  • Somewhere in the distance an exotic bird gave off a trilling call that sounded both mournful and sweet.
  • For many Europeans, the description of an American summer camp seems foreign and slightly exotic.
  • One of the great joys of watching films for a living is the opportunity some of them afford for glimpses of distant, exotic countries.
foreign, nonnative, tropical;
introduced, imported
1.1Attractive or striking because colorful or out of the ordinary: an exotic outfit (as noun the exotic) there was a touch of the exotic in her appearance
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  • The colour combination gives an exotic appearance, setting this daffodil apart from others.
  • His stories perfectly capture that fascination with exotic names and improbable colours and, best of all, the thrill of making a wise spending choice.
  • For autumn/winter 99 she offers a colourful vision of exotic extravagance.
striking, colorful, eye-catching, flamboyant;
unusual, novel, unconventional, out of the ordinary, foreign-looking, unfamiliar, extravagant, outlandish, orchidaceous
informal offbeat, off the wall
1.2Of a kind not used for ordinary purposes or not ordinarily encountered: exotic elementary particles as yet unknown to science
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  • Even airplanes, RC cars, and chainsaws have experienced power boosts from some of VPs exotic fuels.
  • Unfortunately, my wife does not share my enthusiasm for the aroma of burnt rubber and exotic fuels.
  • Keep in mind that you're not talking about exotic fuels per se.


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An exotic plant or animal: he planted exotics in the sheltered garden
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  • As in Hawaii, one of the most invasive and damaging exotics is the guava plant, which covers more than 12% of the farm area of the biggest island in the group.
  • And of course, all those wonderful exotics planted in Joubert Park are still there, thriving since they were planted over 100 years ago.
  • In the past exotics were mostly planted, mainly because they were easier to prune, and their root systems didn't interfere with the underground service pipes.


late 16th century: via Latin from Greek exōtikos 'foreign', from exō 'outside'.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • The various exotically named fruit and milk cocktails have found favour with the college going crowd.
  • Universally acclaimed as one of the most exotically beautiful buildings in the British Isles, the Royal Pavilion is the magnificent former seaside residence of King George IV.
  • We were now traversing a great garden of corals, of which the Barrier Reef has 350 different hard varieties and about 60 soft, many of them exotically coloured.


Pronunciation: /iɡˈzätəˌsizəm/
Example sentences
  • When you get there you are enchanted by the exoticism of everything, by its immensity.
  • I was excited by the romantic exoticism of it, but it was also a little quaint and stagy.
  • I don't like their work just for its exoticism but because it is great art work, she said.

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