exclusive

Exclusive means with limited access. The only way you might get reservations at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Los Angeles is to become friends with the maitre d', or become famous.

By its nature, something that is exclusive leaves people out, or excludes them. You would think this was a bad thing, since excluding people is not very nice, but by being exclusive, things like clubs, restaurants, and resorts become all the more desirable. Exclusive can also mean sole or only: The company became the exclusive soda vendor at the new stadium. The local newspaper got an exclusive interview and broke the news.

Definitions of exclusive
  1. adjective
    excluding much or all; especially all but a particular group or minority
    exclusive clubs”
    “an exclusive restaurants and shops”
    Synonyms:
    alone, only
    exclusive of anyone or anything else
    inner
    exclusive to a center; especially a center of influence
    inner, inside, privileged
    confined to an exclusive group
    selective
    characterized by very careful or fastidious selection
    white-shoe
    denoting a company or law firm owned and run by members of the WASP elite who are generally conservative
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    Antonyms:
    inclusive
    including much or everything; and especially including stated limits
    comprehensive
    broad in scope
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  2. adjective
    not divided or shared with others
    “they have exclusive use of the machine”
    synonyms: sole
    unshared
    not shared
  3. adjective
    not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective
    “gained their exclusive attention”
    synonyms: single, undivided
    concentrated
    gathered together or made less diffuse
  4. noun
    a news report that is reported first by one news organization
    synonyms: scoop
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    type of:
    account, news report, report, story, write up
    a short account of the news
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