interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \ in-ˈtir-ē-ər How to pronounce interior (audio) \

Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : lying, occurring, or functioning within the limiting boundaries : inner an interior point of a triangle
2 : belonging to mental or spiritual life a simple interior piety
3 : belonging to the inner constitution or concealed nature of something interior meaning of a poem
4 : lying away or remote from the border or shore

interior

noun

Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the inner or spiritual nature : character
2 : the interior part (as of a country or island)
3 : the internal or inner part of a thing : inside
4 : the internal affairs of a state or nation
5 : a representation (as in a play or movie) of the interior of a building

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Other Words from interior

Adjective

interiorly \ in-​ˈtir-​ē-​ər-​lē How to pronounce interiorly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for interior

Synonyms: Adjective

cerebral, inner, intellectual, internal, mental, psychological (also psychologic)

Synonyms: Noun

innards, inside, within

Antonyms: Adjective

nonmental

Antonyms: Noun

exterior, outside

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Examples of interior in a Sentence

Adjective

a large car with lots of interior room the novel's characters have plenty of adventures, but their interior lives are never explored

Noun

a black car with gray leather interior the interior of the house They traveled deep into the interior of Australia.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Browns have an up-and-coming interior lineman in Larry Ogunjobi, set to enter his third season. Dan Labbe, cleveland.com, "Gerald McCoy choosing Panthers is a loss for the Browns, but not one that changes their outlook: Browns Take," 3 June 2019 To maximize both plant (and human) access to sunlight, the architects removed most of the particle board interior walls and built a large skylight, which allows sun to illuminate the third floor where the living room is. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renovated home comes with its own floating greenhouse," 24 Oct. 2018 Gaines, UW’s best interior lineman, was not on the field. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "‘We know we’ve got way more to us’: UW defense rues missed chances on these three plays vs. Auburn," 4 Sep. 2018 Rooms range from cozy to two-level suites; its seventh floor, with 48 rooms, is by Kravitz Design, musician Lenny Kravitz’s interior-design firm. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Canada’s City of the Future Rides a New Wave," 4 Dec. 2018 Ishtayeh holds the interior and religious portfolios. Mohammed Daraghmeh, The Seattle Times, "Palestinian president swears in new government," 13 Apr. 2019 My only complaint is that the rubberized buttons on the steering wheel felt cheap and out of place compared with the rest of the interior trim. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: GMC Terrain gives you the ride you want—at a price," 23 Dec. 2018 This year’s best architecture features a productive breaking down of the barriers between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior, above and below that translates into a more enriched environment to be experienced by all. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "The Best Architecture of 2018: Building for Complex Experiences," 14 Dec. 2018 Located at the foot of the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a collection of interior gallery spaces and a soaring glass house conservatory set within a lush garden. Lorene Edwards Forkner, The Seattle Times, "Richard Hartlage composes kaleidoscopic landscapes of bulbs — for Chihuly Garden and Glass, and his home," 13 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ward said the building was closed in order to remove loose exterior veneer and inspect the interior of the structure for further damage. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Chugiak-Eagle River Library to reopen Tuesday," 11 June 2019 The team from Sweden will study the predator's DNA, and researchers are building a digital model of the wolf’s brain and the interior of its skull, Protopopov told CNN. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "The 30,000-year-old severed head of a wolf, with teeth and fur, has been found in Siberia. And it's gnarly," 11 June 2019 Duet Dance Studio plans to renovate the interior of two buildings to create four dance studios, Elgin senior planner Damir Latinovic said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Duet Dance studio planning move to Elgin wins approval of city Planning and Zoning Commission," 6 June 2019 Local artist Gennaro Garcia created murals for both the interior and exterior of the building. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Renovated Tempe Public Market Cafe reopening without co-owner and chef Aaron Chamberlin," 6 June 2019 At 6 foot 3 and 306 pounds, Taylor hopes to be able to contribute not just on the interior of the defensive line but also be able to play some 3-4 defensive end if needed in new coach Brian Flores’ new scheme. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins’ Vincent Taylor feels he can endure anything after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home as a child," 5 June 2019 The singer began with a charming acoustic rendition, as the audience's flashing phones lit up the interior of Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Bianca Gracie, Billboard, "Kelsea Ballerini Gives Edgy Performance of 'Miss Me More' at 2019 CMT Music Awards: Watch," 5 June 2019 Must-sees include an original glider hanging above the exhibit, the reconstructed interior of several gliders, and maps, pictures and timelines, including troop numbers and locations. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eleven Museums and Memorials Honoring the 75th Anniversary of D-Day," 4 June 2019 Burglary through rear basement door; interior of residence damaged. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson crime logs," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of interior

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interior

Adjective

Middle French & Latin; Middle French interiore, from Latin, comparative of Old Latin *interus inward, on the inside; akin to Latin inter

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interior

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: located on the inside of something
: suited for use in the inside or on inside surfaces
: occurring in the mind

interior

noun

English Language Learners Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

: an inner part, area, or surface
: the part of a country that is far from the coast
: the events and activities of a country that involve the country itself rather than foreign countries

interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \ in-ˈtir-ē-ər How to pronounce interior (audio) \

Kids Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being or occurring inside something : inner interior walls
2 : far from the border or shore : inland

interior

noun

Kids Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the inner part of something the box's interior
2 : the inland part the island's interior

interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \ in-ˈtir-ē-ər How to pronounce interior (audio) \

Medical Definition of interior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lying, occurring, or functioning within limiting boundaries

interior

noun

Medical Definition of interior (Entry 2 of 2)

: the internal or inner part or cavity of a thing

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