THIS WEEK’S WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ IS POSITIVELY FELICIFIC
Origin of exclusive
SYNONYMS FOR exclusive
OTHER WORDS FROM exclusive
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What does exclusive mean?
Exclusive is most commonly used to describe things that are limited to certain people. Exclusive can be thought of as an adjective form of the verb exclude, which means to shut out or keep out—the opposite of include. It can be applied in many different contexts, but almost all of them have to do with there being a limit on something, especially on how many people have access to something. Exclusive can also be used as a noun referring to something that is available from only one place, especially a news story that is only being reported by a particular news organization or a product that is only being offered by one store. Example: The highly exclusive event was only for A-list celebrities, but they let Ryan Reynolds in for some reason.
Where does exclusive come from?
Exclusive has been used in English since at least the 1400s. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb exclūdere, which means “to shut out” or “to close off” and is formed from the parts ex-, meaning “out” and clūdere, meaning “to close.” Exclusive has many different shades of meaning, but almost all of them relate to the idea of limiting things, shutting people out, or keeping things separate. It can mean “incompatible,” as in pain and happiness are mutually exclusive. It often means “limited to certain people,” as in an exclusive offer for our top customers or an exclusive resort. Clubs are exclusive if they only let certain people in. The word is often associated with fashion, especially things that are expensive and not available to a lot of people, as in exclusive boutiques. Sometimes an object can be described as exclusive without specifying the limitations involved, as in invitations to that party are very exclusive—meaning they’re very limited and selectively given. Another common way that exclusive is used is to describe things that are only available to one person, or in one way, or through one provider, as in exclusive information or exclusive rights to the screenplay. This sense often gets turned into a noun. A news story that is only being provided by a single outlet can be called an exclusive, meaning it’s a story no one else has reported on or one that no one else has the right to pursue or publish, such as an interview with a public figure. The opposite of exclusive is inclusive, and the two terms are often used in discussions of how organizations and groups can be less exclusive and more inclusive.
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What are some other forms related to exclusive?
- exclusively (adverb)
- exclusivity (noun)
- exclusiveness (noun)
How is exclusive used in real life?
Exclusive is often used to make things sound special and exciting, so you’ll see it used a lot in advertising and marketing.
The Hotel Royal is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world, magnificently nestled in a 47-acre park on Lake Geneva http://ow.ly/3iNle— Leading Hotels (@LeadingHotels) December 2, 2010
This Valentine's Day, we will call you up during dinner and pretend you're a high net worth client.— The Charlatan Group (@CharlatanGroup) February 3, 2020
Contact your account manager for this exclusive offer.
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Is exclusive used correctly in the following sentence? This exclusive first look can be seen by anyone at any time with no restrictions.
Example sentences from the Web for exclusive
In the wee hours of Christmas morning, a flight deal was shared in an exclusive Facebook group for urban travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement|Charlise Ferguson|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The future Mr. Vergara—and star of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Magic Mike’ shares some life advice in an exclusive video.
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.
One winter night, Posho Wembore sneaked into the exclusive whites-only club of the Hotel Pourquoi Pas?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He told The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview that there was plenty of middle ground for Catholics and scientists.
Mr. R. M. Watts was the architect, and the cost of erecting and equipping the building, exclusive of books, was 3234.The City of Auckland|John Barr
Exclusive of postage and pleasures, this is all one is called upon to spend in Florence.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
Love, in the exclusive form, has jealousy for its complement; and jealousy brings on strife and division.History of American Socialisms|John Humphrey Noyes
It was doubtful whether he loved Amy, in the true sense of exclusive desire.New Grub Street|George Gissing
These stages are not exclusive, nor do they coincide with the first three Forms in the schools.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: History|Ontario Ministry of Education