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in·​ner·​most ˈi-nər-ˌmōst How to pronounce innermost (audio)
: farthest inward : inmost


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: the inmost part

Examples of innermost in a Sentence

Adjective She revealed her innermost feelings. the innermost part of the cave
Recent Examples on the Web
But others, especially people for whom socializing is hard or unappealing, will invite A.I.s into the innermost parts of their lives. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 9 May 2024 The carceral surveillance of pregnancy entails the criminalization of ambivalence, the inspection of these innermost desires. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 4 May 2024 Over the years, each had confided in the other about their innermost struggles—in high school, Carter had come out to his father, and Bubba had shared his secrets with his son. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 9 Apr. 2024 Aerial photos show that the innermost stones form a rough circle, about 40 feet across, centered around the tall monolith, with the remains of a small cairn, or chambered tomb, a few feet away. Dan Falk, Discover Magazine, 6 Apr. 2024 The innermost planets of the system, scorched by their proximity to their star, and the outermost, locked in eternal ice, bookend the real stars of the show: three planets residing in the Goldilocks zone. Tony Bradley, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The innermost planet, hot and tumultuous, was modeled after Io, a moon of Jupiter that churns with lava. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2024 The matter of the innermost planet’s path was settled, finally, in 1915, when Einstein used general relativity equations to explain it. Rebecca Boyle, TIME, 8 Apr. 2024 The innermost planet completes three orbits for every two by its closest neighbor. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023
On Io, the innermost of the four large moons, this leads to volcanoes, with up to 400 active eruptions taking place at any time. TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 After zipping past the massive Ganymede in 2021 and the icy Europa in 2022, Juno executed its first close flyby of Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, the innermost of the planet’s four large satellites, on December 30, 2023, followed by its second one on February 3. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 5 Feb. 2024 The innermost of those worlds, thought to be rocky and nearly four times the mass of Earth, will evaporate within a few hundred years. Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 In more recent years, Arecibo mapped the ice distribution at the polar regions of the solar system’s innermost planet. Ben Evans, Discover Magazine, 5 Dec. 2022 McConnell has kept him in his innermost circle long since the party’s term limit rules forced him out of that role. Dallas News, 27 June 2022 The author renders nearly two decades’ worth of her innermost thoughts with surgical precision. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, 3 Jan. 2023 Canceled too soon, but not forgotten, this whimsical and heartfelt musical comedy-drama stars Jane Levy as a young woman who suddenly develops the ability to hear the innermost thoughts of everyone around her—but only in song form. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 18 Dec. 2022 The outermost parts are forged from steel to protect the innermost parts made of aluminum. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 25 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of innermost was in the 14th century

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“Innermost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: farthest inward
: most intimate : deepest
one's innermost feelings
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