From another part of the world; foreign: exotic tropical plants in a greenhouse. See Synonyms at foreign. Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange: "If something can be explained simply, in a familiar way, then it is best to avoid more exotic explanations\u201d ( Chet Raymo). See Synonyms at fantastic. Of or involving striptease: an exotic dancer. One that is exotic. A striptease performer.