inner

adjective
in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Definition of inner

1a : situated farther in the inner bark
b : being near a center especially of influence the inner circles of political power
2a : of or relating to the mind or spirit the inner life
b : existing as an often repressed part of one's psychological makeup inner child inner artist

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Other Words from inner

inner noun
innerly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for inner

Synonyms

inside, interior, internal, inward

Antonyms

exterior, external, outer, outside, outward

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Examples of inner in a Sentence

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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The Oscar-winner, who became a Chanel face in 2018, was among the many members of Lagerfeld’s inner circle to take part in the show. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Penélope Cruz Leads a Parade of Chanel Muses in an Emotional Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld," 5 Mar. 2019 The invite list for the soirée reads like a who's who of Meghan's pre-royal inner circle: Serena Williams, Janina Gavankar, Markus Anderson, and of course, her best friend Jessica Mulroney. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meet Meghan Markle's Best Friend Jessica Mulroney," 20 Feb. 2019 Zerpa on Monday accused Venezuela’s high court of becoming a tool of Maduro’s inner circle, lacking any judicial independence since he and a group of ruling party members were appointed to the bench in 2015. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela Supreme Court judge flees to US to protest Maduro," 7 Jan. 2019 Those sanctions included the wife of President, Cillia Adela Flores de Maduro, as well as three other current or former officials of his inner circle. Ben Evansky, Fox News, "Nikki Haley lends support to Venezuelans protesting Maduro at UN," 28 Sep. 2018 With an inner steel bottle, outer steel bottle and vacuum between, the natural insulator doesn’t give cold—or heat—a medium to travel. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Why Are Hydro Flask Bottles Suddenly Everywhere?," 23 Feb. 2019 Scientists have long believed Neptune’s inner moons were repeatedly smashed by comets. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Neptune’s newest, tiniest moon likely fragment of bigger one," 20 Feb. 2019 Endometriosis is commonly thought to happen when the inner lining of the uterus grows on other organs. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019 There are no handles or spout on it: The user just rotates the inner mechanism in a clockwise direction and the water appears. Maddie Hiatt, House Beautiful, "This Faucet May Be the Chicest One We've Ever Seen," 1 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of inner

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inner

Middle English, from Old English innera, comparative of inne within

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The first known use of inner was before the 12th century

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inner

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of inner

: 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

inner

adjective
in·​ner | \ ˈi-nər How to pronounce inner (audio) \

Kids Definition of inner

1 : located farther in an inner chamber
2 : of or relating to the mind or spirit inner strength

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