1. (of a motion picture) having a rating of X; intended for adults only.
  2. obscene, sexually explicit, or vulgar: X-rated language; X-rated magazines.

Origin of X-rated

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for x-rated


  1. (formerly, in Britain) (of a film) considered suitable for viewing by adults only
  2. informal involving bad language, violence, or sexan X-rated conversation
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Idioms and Phrases with x-rated


Sexually explicit, vulgar, or obscene, as in This film should be X-rated; it's not suitable for children. This expression alludes to a rating system established for motion pictures, in which films rated X may not be viewed by persons under the age of 17. [c. 1970]

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