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


inside, interior, internal, inward


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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Katy Perry unleashed her inner hamburgler, Kim Kardashian channeled her fashion crush, Cher—and a spirited end to fashion’s biggest night out. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The 21 Best-Dressed Guests at the 2019 Met Gala After-Parties," 7 May 2019 Turner is still embracing her inner Baby Spice with her modern take on Emma Bunton's signature ponytail hairstyle from the '90s. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Bring Some Much Needed Color to Dreary NYC," 6 May 2019 Then, place your ring finger next to your inner eye and, with light pressure, trace a half circle underneath your eyes, up to the temples. Elizabeth Kiefer, The Seattle Times, "Jade rollers: Puffy-eye wonder cure or sham?," 26 Mar. 2019 That means strategies to save more and spend smarter, tactics to negotiate not just at work but on health care, home decor, and more, and stories to inspire your inner CEO. Glamour, "Those Negotiation Skills That Scored You a Raise? Here's How Else You Can Put Them to Work," 24 Apr. 2019 Use the longest section for the middle of your lashes (tuck them into the center of your upper lashes), then pop the other two along the inner and outer corners. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist on How to Look Like a Modern-Day Duchess," 17 Apr. 2019 The green, metallic-looking beetles typically leave larvae that feed on the inner bark, cutting off nutrients and water to ash trees, which are native to Illinois. Phil Rockrohr,, "Lake Zurich to replace 200 more trees this summer because of emerald ash borer," 22 June 2018 The students stripped the tree’s flaky exterior to unveil a smooth inner bark, and processed the log into strips of wood. Washington Post, "Dartmouth students hands-on in learning Native traditions," 28 May 2018 There are also good chapters on tinder—which ranges from elephant dung to plant down, to the inner or outer bark of a variety of trees, and fungi ranging from King Alfred’s cakes to chaga and horse-hoof fungus. Bill Heavey, WSJ, "Summer Books: Camping," 23 May 2018

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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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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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