- of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized: exotic foods; exotic plants.
- strikingly unusual or strange in effect or appearance: an exotic hairstyle.
- of a uniquely new or experimental nature: exotic weapons.
- of, relating to, or involving stripteasing: the exotic clubs where strippers are featured.
- something that is exotic: The flower show included several tropical exotics with showy blooms.
- an exotic dancer; a striptease dancer or belly dancer.
Origin of exotic
Examples from the Web for exotic
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
While the chicken today might be the least exotic bird one can think of, it was once a gift that wowed kings.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
Europeans seem to find them exotic, an odd case of culture-envy in reverse.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Hollywood, too, became enraptured by the exotic abyss of Stanleyville.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
From expensive art to rigs, exotic animals to royalty, the requests kept coming.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
It gave me the notion of an exotic Immensity ruled by an august Benevolence.Heart of Darkness
It was the exotic complexion and the slightness of his build which had put me off so completely.'Twixt Land & Sea
It was now May, and London was bright with all the exotic gaiety of the season.Is He Popenjoy?
There was a kind of exotic quality in meeting Gistla that never disappeared.George Loves Gistla
Its language was Latin, an exotic dialect in the Eastern half of the Empire.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
- originating in a foreign country, esp one in the tropics; not nativean exotic plant
- having a strange or bizarre allure, beauty, or quality
- NZ (of trees, esp pine trees) native to the northern hemisphere but cultivated in New Zealandan exotic forest
- of or relating to striptease
- an exotic person or thing
Word Origin and History for exotic
1590s, "belonging to another country," from Middle French exotique (16c.) and directly from Latin exoticus, from Greek exotikos "foreign," literally "from the outside," from exo "outside" (see exo-). Sense of "unusual, strange" first recorded in English 1620s, from notion of "alien, outlandish." In reference to strip-teasers and dancing girls, it is first attested by 1942, American English.
Exotic dancer in the nightclub trade means a girl who goes through a few motions while wearing as few clothes as the cops will allow in the city where she is working ... ["Life," May 5, 1947]
As a noun from 1640s.