in·​door | \ ˈin-ˈdȯr How to pronounce indoor (audio) \

Definition of indoor

1 : of or relating to the interior of a building
2 : living, located, or carried on within a building an indoor sport

Examples of indoor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Public health experts said the quality of ventilation is crucial when considering indoor gatherings because the virus is known to spread more easily indoors. New York Times, "New York to Allow Fans in Sports Stadiums and Arenas," 10 Feb. 2021 Lisa Clute’s team worked with campus administrators to enforce universal mask requirements, a ban on indoor gatherings, and an aggressive testing-and-contact-tracing protocol. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "Inside the Worst-Hit County in the Worst-Hit State in the Worst-Hit Country," 8 Feb. 2021 Post-holiday, COVID seems to be spreading mainly through these indoor family gatherings. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Relationship falters with man who avoids any conflict," 8 Feb. 2021 Post-holiday, COVID seems to be spreading mainly through these indoor family gatherings. Amy Dickinson,, "Conflict aversion leads to tough breakup," 8 Feb. 2021 Other indoor gatherings will be capped to 10 people, while the city will restrict outdoor gatherings to 25. Sarah Ravits,, "Restrictions loosened for New Orleans’ Carnival season, but bars can't host customers indoors," 27 Jan. 2021 If the structure has three sides or more, take a good look at how much ventilation there really is—do those sides have any lattices or doorways cut into them to increase airflow, or is this basically just an indoor space squeezed onto a sidewalk? Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "When it comes to COVID-19 risk, what counts as ‘outdoor’ dining?," 11 Jan. 2021 Health Directive 16 strongly urges Shelby County residents to remain at home, leaving only for essential services and avoiding any indoor public space. Vivian Jones, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee’s largest county implements safer-at-home order," 22 Dec. 2020 The new 1,600-square-foot Old Oakland space, formerly Tamarindo Antojeria, has a significantly larger kitchen, plus a patio and some indoor dining space for whenever pandemic restrictions ease. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland's newest regional Mexican restaurant is serving plump tamales in time for holidays," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of indoor

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Feb 2021

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“Indoor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indoor

: done, living, located, or used inside a building


in·​door | \ ˈin-ˈdȯr How to pronounce indoor (audio) \

Kids Definition of indoor

: done, used, or belonging within a building an indoor job an indoor pool

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