ex·​te·​ri·​or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

Definition of exterior

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1 : being on an outside surface : situated on the outside
2 : observable by outward signs his exterior quietness is belied by an occasional nervous twitchCurrent Biography
3 : suitable for use on outside surfaces



Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an exterior part or surface : outside
b : outward manner or appearance
2 : a representation (as on stage or film) of an outdoor scene also : a scene filmed outdoors

Other Words from exterior


exteriorly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for exterior

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of exterior in a Sentence

Adjective the house's exterior walls badly need to be painted Noun The building has a rather plain exterior. the exterior of the tooth consists of very hard enamel
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective An investigation revealed the inmates had breached an exterior door, the sheriff's office said in a news release, and scaled the barbed wire fence along the facility's perimeter. Tina Burnside, CNN, 24 July 2022 Nineteen children and two teachers were killed after a gunman entered the school through an unlocked exterior door. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 1 July 2022 For instance, McCraw said, neither the exterior door nor the classroom doors could be locked from the inside that day, giving the gunman an easy pathway. Safia Samee Ali, NBC News, 22 June 2022 All visitors, such as parents picking up their kids early, are funneled through the theater entrance, which has a separate exterior door outside of the school’s main gate. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 The French doors opposite the exterior door open into the formal dining room, while glass pocket doors on the left open into the kitchen. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 5 May 2022 Install floor mats inside and outside each exterior door. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Marc is particularly happy about the decision to place an exterior door in the scullery leading to outdoor living areas. Nancy Ngo, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Three bullets hit the brick siding, one hit a metal exterior door and two went through one of the law firm’s office windows. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Its brutalist concrete exterior gives way to a subterranean lobby with black leather furniture and tranquil water features. Katie Lockhart, House Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2022 Perched on the lakeshore and boasting a nautical design, its exterior boasts the Burke Brise Soleil, 217-foot wings that fold and unfold twice a day. Jennifer Brett, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 Refresh a plain concrete walkway to boost your exterior's character. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2022 Developments like the Cambria Hotel near the Route 50 bridge have drawn the ire of local residents for their use of LED lights along its exterior. Kristian Jaime, Baltimore Sun, 25 July 2022 Astronauts routinely leave the station to maintain its exterior, install new hardware or conduct science experiments. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 21 July 2022 From transformations in the form of makeovers to spiritual awakenings, Cher begins to discover that her wit and heart are equally as important as her polished exterior. Nitya Rao, Seventeen, 20 July 2022 The listing explains that the 6,248-square-foot home was built in 1930 and though it has been renovated, fans will still recognize its exterior from the film. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 19 July 2022 Its exterior is finished in gloss black and its interior in black leather and checked cloth. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exterior


1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exterior


Latin, comparative of exter, exterus being on the outside, foreign, from ex

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The first known use of exterior was in 1528

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exterior angle

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“Exterior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exterior. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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ex·​te·​ri·​or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

Kids Definition of exterior

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Kids Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an external part or surface the building's exterior
2 : the way someone appears His tough exterior hides a soft heart.


ex·​te·​ri·​or | \ ek-ˈstir-ē-ər How to pronounce exterior (audio) \

Medical Definition of exterior

: being on an outside surface : situated on the outside

Other Words from exterior

exteriorly adverb

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