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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Emmett’s inner citadel also serves as an allegory for national responses to Covid-19. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 16 June 2021 Owner Ariel Valladares puts nothing on the inner half of that bread. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Now, almost 10 years later, the pair are a major songwriting force on Drag Race, penning original tracks that range from rap cyphers to sugary pop jams, all to help challenge the queens of the show to access their inner diva. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 16 June 2021 This whipsawing doesn’t encourage the sort of inner-party democracy that is supposed to prevail. Ian Johnson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 The inner lip means that the food won’t spill and ruin your floor. Chris Hachey, BGR, 14 June 2021 This empress is nurturing, self-assured and filled with inner wisdom. Devika Das, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Our inner hermits have been allowed to take control of our psyches, and the people who were already introverted have grown even more so. Jeanne Martinet, CNN, 14 June 2021 Celebrity makeup artist Patrick Ta used soft, pinky brown shades on Hadid's lids, lips, and cheeks, adding a statement jolt of bright orange on the inner corners of her eyes. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 14 June 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Inner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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