Definition of exclusive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈskluːsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskluːsɪv//
    House location
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  1. 1only to be used by one particular person or group; only given to one particular person or group The hotel has exclusive access to the beach. exclusive rights to televise the World Cup His mother has told ‘The Times’ about his death in an exclusive interview (= not given to any other newspaper). Wordfindercensorship, correspondent, coverage, editor, exclusive, journalist, news agency, newspaper, report, stringer
  2. 2(of a group, society, etc.) not very willing to allow new people to become members, especially if they are from a lower social class He belongs to an exclusive club.
  3. 3of a high quality and expensive and therefore not often bought or used by most people an exclusive hotel exclusive designer clothes See related entries: House location
  4. 4not able to exist or be a true statement at the same time as something else The two options are not mutually exclusive (= you can have them both).
  5. 5exclusive of somebody/something not including somebody/something The price is for accommodation only, exclusive of meals. opposite inclusive
  6. Word Originlate 15th cent. (as a noun denoting something that excludes): from medieval Latin exclusivus, from Latin excludere ‘shut out’, from ex- ‘out’ + claudere ‘to shut’.Extra examples The prices given are exclusive of travel. The recording deal is not necessarily exclusive. The band can record material for other companies as well. The school is expensive and necessarily exclusive. The two options are not mutually exclusive. These products are exclusive to our outlets. a somewhat exclusive venue the course’s almost exclusive concentration on grammar His clientele was exclusive and wealthy. His mother has told ‘The Times’ about his death in an exclusive interview. It is one of the most expensive, exclusive resorts in the Mediterranean. She had been sent to one of London’s most exclusive girls’ schools. exclusive designer shops/​clothes
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