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



BrE BrE//ˌesəˈterɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌesəˈterɪk//
; BrE BrE//ˌiːsəˈterɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌiːsəˈterɪk//
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likely to be understood or enjoyed by only a few people with a special knowledge or interest a programme of music for everyone, even those with the most esoteric taste Specialist dictionaries may be required to understand some of the more esoteric texts. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Greek esōterikos, from esōterō, comparative of esō ‘within’, from es, eis ‘into’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: esoteric