exterior

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

Definition of exterior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

exterior

noun

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

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Other Words from exterior

Adjective

exteriorly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for exterior

Synonyms: Adjective

external, outer, outside, outward

Synonyms: Noun

face, outside, shell, skin, surface, veneer

Antonyms: Adjective

inner, inside, interior, internal, inward

Antonyms: Noun

inside, interior

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Mandarin Oriental, Milan has a fabulous bar and wonderful exterior terrace, but the Grand Hotel et de Milan is the most authentic. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Industrial Designer Marc Newson Shares His Tips On Milan," 20 Dec. 2018 For instance, foreign steel is often used for exterior trim pieces on a vehicle and electric-car motors. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "The Many Ways Trump’s Trade Disputes Are Affecting the Auto Industry," 19 July 2018 Tim and friends painted the stucco exterior antique white. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Coming home to an 1880 English country manor in Montgomery County," 9 Apr. 2018 The physical improvements include exterior window replacement, new ventilation, roof repairs, parking improvements, masonry work, tuck pointing, loading dock upgrades and more, according to officials. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Skokie greeting card company announces $1.6M investment in its local facility," 25 June 2018 Much of biblical literature is consumed with resisting them, both as exterior forces that opposed the ways of God and interior pulls that tempt good people with assimilation. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 His son Bob, currently director of exterior design at the Buick division of General Motors, remembered the car fondly and went looking for it, decades later. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Our Favorite Rides of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The building’s exterior architecture–which feels equal parts au courant and a form of the future–transitions into a luminescent and geometric interior, inspired by Light and Space artists of the 1960s. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Bottega Veneta Just Opened Their Futuristic Six-Story Tokyo Flagship," 8 Dec. 2018 The Studio City, California home — which was used for exterior shots in the show — received eight offers, reports the Los Angeles Times, one of them from Lance Bass. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Lance Bass Feels "Used" After Losing Brady Bunch House In Bidding War," 6 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Chanel shop will be incorporated into the store’s exterior, the executives said. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Keeping Chanel on Top in the Post-Lagerfeld Era," 22 Feb. 2019 This is where the exterior scenes of police commissioner Frank Reagan's (Tom Selleck) home are filmed (the interior shots are recorded on a set). Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Blue Bloods' House Where the Reagans Have Their Family Dinners Is a Real Place," 22 Feb. 2019 Two new exterior colors are offered for 2018: Sandstorm and Tide Pool Pearl ($395 extra), which was the color of our test vehicle. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 Several exterior color choices also debut for the 2019 lineup — F8 Green, Destroyer Grey and Reactor Blue. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Fiat Chrysler calls 2019 Durango a 3-row SUV Dodge Charger," 12 July 2018 People glued red paper cuttings of good sayings and animals to the exterior of windows, so the light from the outside would shine through the negative space of the cutout. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Meet the Neon Light Artist Beloved by New York Cool Girls," 15 Jan. 2019 The interiors play foil to the exterior in their effortlessness, cool, and complete family friendliness. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 That fire was contained to the exterior of the building, and ignited several other boxes of food waste. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Midterms will mold Dems' 2020 field," 19 July 2018 With the landmark status in place, any proposed demolition or alteration to the exterior of 128 Chestnut St. would have to go through the Historical Commission, said Katy Hax Holmes, the city’s senior planner. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "West Newton Hill home is named a ‘local landmark’," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of exterior

Adjective

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for exterior

Adjective

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of exterior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located on the outside of something
: suited for use on outside surfaces
: shown on the outside or surface

exterior

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exterior (Entry 2 of 2)

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

exterior

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

Kids Definition of exterior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

exterior

noun

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.

exterior

adjective
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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