Definition of "exotic" []

  • From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse. See Synonyms at foreign. (adjective)
  • Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: "If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations” ( Chet Raymo). See Synonyms at fantastic. (adjective)
  • Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer. (adjective)
  • One that is exotic. (noun)
  • A striptease performer. (noun)
  • Originating in a foreign country, esp one in the tropics; not native (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Having a strange or bizarre allure, beauty, or quality (adjective)
  • (of trees, esp pine trees) native to the northern hemisphere but cultivated in New Zealand (adjective)
  • Of or relating to striptease (adjective)
  • An exotic person or thing (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "exotic" in a sentence
  • "Not to be outdone, the New York City cast took the term exotic getaway to a whole new level with a Morocco trip spanning three episodes."
  • "JOHN LOWRY, LENDER, AMERICAN HOME MORTGAGE: Well, the term exotic mortgage actually came from Alan Greenspan a few years ago when he was talking about all these creative financing ways where people can afford all these exorbitant houses with low payments."
  • "The Atlantic offers some additional thoughts on the term exotic finance."