adjective \ek-ˈstir-ē-ər\

: located on the outside of something

: suited for use on outside surfaces

: shown on the outside or surface

Full Definition of EXTERIOR

:  being on an outside surface :  situated on the outside
:  observable by outward signs <his exterior quietness is belied by an occasional nervous twitch — Current Biography>
:  suitable for use on outside surfaces
ex·te·ri·or·ly adverb

Examples of EXTERIOR

  1. <the house's exterior walls badly need to be painted>

Origin of EXTERIOR

Latin, comparative of exter, exterus being on the outside, foreign, from ex
First Known Use: 1528



: an outer part or surface

: the way someone looks or seems to other people : a person's outward appearance

Full Definition of EXTERIOR

a :  an exterior part or surface :  outside
b :  outward manner or appearance
:  a representation (as on stage or film) of an outdoor scene; also :  a scene filmed outdoors

Examples of EXTERIOR

  1. The building has a rather plain exterior.
  2. <the exterior of the tooth consists of very hard enamel>

First Known Use of EXTERIOR


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adjective \ek-ˈstir-ē-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EXTERIOR

: being on an outside surface : situated on the outside
ex·te·ri·or·ly adverb


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