Definition of inner
- the inner bark
- the inner circles of political power
- the inner life
- inner child
- inner artist
She led the guests to an inner room.
the inner face of the arch
the inner lining of the jacket
listening to her inner voice
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: located toward the inside of something : not on or at the edge or outside of something
: not known to or seen by most people
: of or relating to a person's mind or spirit
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