noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

written works, usually fiction, dealing with sexual love.
sexually explicit art, photographs, sculptures, or the like, depicting human sexuality.

Origin of erotica

1850–55; < Greek, neuter plural of erōtikós erotic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for erotica

smut, dirt, porn

Examples from the Web for erotica

Contemporary Examples of erotica

  • Sex, along with its companion record, Erotica, earned Warner Brothers a half billion dollars in 1992 alone.

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    The Cult of Outrage

    Michael Moynihan

    November 17, 2013

  • The Musical, a spoof of the erotica novel, played to sold-out audiences in New York and New Jersey this weekend.

  • On the subject of erotica, Fisher will talk: about how her 2007 sex tape introduced her to the adult-entertainment community.

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    Amy Fisher Kicked Me Off Her Porn Shoot

    Nicole LaPorte

    August 3, 2010

  • “Our feminism remains with us when we grab the remote,” said Tristan Taormino, a sex educator and producer of erotica.

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    An Indie Hit's Sex Message

    Jacob Bernstein

    July 18, 2010

  • From "Like A Virgin" to "Erotica" watch the Material Girl's hottest videos of all time.

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    9 Sexiest Madonna Videos

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    September 29, 2009

Historical Examples of erotica

  • Nevertheless, that is the method which the author of the Erotica Biblon adopts for portraying the morals of the Jewish people.

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    Petronius Arbiter

British Dictionary definitions for erotica


pl n

explicitly sexual literature or art

Word Origin for erotica

C19: from Greek erōtika, neuter plural of erōtikos erotic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for erotica

1820, noun use of neuter plural of Greek erotikos "amatory" (see erotic); originally a booksellers' catalogue heading.

Force Flame
And with a Blonde push
Over your impotence
Flits Steam
[Emily Dickinson, #854, c.1864]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper