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Borrowed from Middle French exotique, from Latin exōticus, from Ancient Greek ἐξωτικός (exōtikós, foreign, literally from the outside), from ἐξω- (exō-, outside), from ἐξ (ex, out of).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɒtɪk/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɪɡˈzɑtɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk


exotic (comparative more exotic, superlative most exotic)

  1. Foreign, especially in an exciting way.
    an exotic appearance
    • (Can we date this quote by John Evelyn and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Nothing was so splendid and exotic as the ambassador.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 2, in The Tremarn Case[1]:
      “Two or three months more went by ; the public were eagerly awaiting the arrival of this semi-exotic claimant to an English peerage, and sensations, surpassing those of the Tichbourne case, were looked forward to with palpitating interest. […]”
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
  2. Non-native to the ecosystem.
  3. (finance) Being or relating to an option with features that make it more complex than commonly traded options.

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exotic (plural exotics)

  1. (biology) An organism that is exotic to an environment.
  2. An exotic dancer; a stripteaser.
  3. (physics) Any exotic particle.
    Glueballs, theoretical particles composed only of gluons, are exotics.

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exotic m or n (feminine singular exotică, masculine plural exotici, feminine and neuter plural exotice)

  1. exotic