interior

adjective
in·​te·​ri·​or | \ in-ˈtir-ē-ər \

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 \ 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

Small, porthole-style windows in the bedroom have a boating feel—as do the interior walls—but larger windows in the living room allow plenty of light when entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum trailer combines ‘30s style with modern amenities," 6 Nov. 2018 The interior walls separating units were stripped to the frames at The Pines, allowing a clear view this spring from one condo to the next. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 2018 The interior features lots of wood elements mixed with sturdy fabric. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Rivian’s R1S SUV looks like an all-electric Land Rover," 27 Nov. 2018 For a planet like Earth, that has kept the interior hot enough to sustain plate tectonics. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ice volcanoes have likely been erupting for billions of years on Ceres," 18 Sep. 2018 The interior looks remarkably close to being finished, with 10,000 seats downstairs and 6,000 upstairs, the opposite of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Bucks season-ticket holders get first look inside new arena," 2 June 2018 It’s been retrofitted with a 350-cubic-inch engine, and the interior looks like a science experiment. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Destined for the junkyard, beloved lemons hit the South Jersey track," 11 May 2018 The interior looks like a time capsule: There are black and white portraits of the artsy regulars, sketches by Picasso, and vintage collections line the walls. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Gaudí in Barcelona: Our Guide," 3 Mar. 2018 With a lightweight design, low center of gravity, and efficient interior spaces, Bowlus employee Wally Byam eventually took these same features and built the first Airstream Clipper in 1936. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Aluminum trailer combines ‘30s style with modern amenities," 6 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The club is known for its relaxed atmosphere, Tom Scheerer–decorated interiors, and understated style and elegance. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Wedding Weekend Under the Palm Trees and Stars at the Lyford Cay Club," 23 Jan. 2019 The interiors, honed with van Looij and the help of Graanmarkt’s artistic director, the scenographer Bob Verhelst, have the same spare aesthetic that reigns in the store. WSJ, "Focused on Sustainability, Graanmarkt 13 is a Go-To for Tastemakers," 10 Jan. 2019 The interior, designed by restaurant designer Ron Rea, will have high ceilings, Weinstein said. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Tomatoes Apizza opening in Birmingham; owner promises intense pizza," 29 June 2018 To help the old and new parts of the house blend seamlessly, Lamberto painted the entire interior with the same color, Benjamin Moore's Mountain Peak White. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "See How Designer Chantal Lamberto Family-Proofs A 1905 San Francisco Home," 24 Jan. 2019 Everything inside is also designed specifically for the space, with custom furniture fitted just-so within the two-room interiors. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Modern prefab cabin is now available to order," 22 Jan. 2019 The turnout on Saturday was similar as last week with about 84,000 protesters across the country, according to France’s interior ministry. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "Calls for Yellow-Vests to Debate, Not Demonstrate, Fall on Deaf Ears," 19 Jan. 2019 South Dakota is spotless on the inside, with an all-new interior. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 Custom wrapped convertible @bmw with custom interior for our talented friend @itsjojosiwa A couple of hours later, Justin commented on their page and things kind of went off from there. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Justin Bieber Came For Jojo Siwa On Instagram and Her Response Was Epic," 31 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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