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

Unlike the Victorians and their penchant for interior decorating, Holck and Rasmussen don’t believe the pigment found in their volumes was used for aesthetic purposes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Library," 3 July 2018 The city says that all 388 restaurants will have to post the scorecards in the front of their buildings in a window or on an interior wall near the entrance to the business. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "City: Pearland restaurants will post health inspection scorecards or face fines," 28 June 2018 The mixed residential and commercial building features a series of hanging gardens that clad the exteriors of its two residential towers with more than 85,000 plants, and includes 22 interior green walls. Ken Wells, WSJ, "More Buildings Are Going Green. Literally.," 26 June 2018 Five Churches made extensive use of the hardwood floors and interior brick walls of the 118-year-old building. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "New Brewery Wins Beautification Award In New Britain," 21 June 2018 Some of the building's interior brick walls are painted white, and exposed pipes line the ceiling. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "No vacancy: This historic downtown KC hotel has 'micro' apartments for $525 a month," 14 June 2018 But in August 2016, one of the monster stems forming the interior wall cracked and collapsed. National Geographic, "Africa's Oldest Trees Are Dying, and Scientists Are Stumped," 11 June 2018 Its interior walls are covered with large-scale images of Andy Warhol art. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Raf Simons Brings Americana to a New Medium: Calvin Klein Chairs," 11 June 2018 The list etched into interior walls includes Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and Philando Castile, plus dozens of unfamiliar names. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With a buzzy list of interior and antique shops, cheese and specialty purveyors, cocktail bars and open air markets, there’s something for every discerning traveler. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "A Tiny Town Neighboring Napa Is the Next California Culinary Destination," 5 July 2018 The 1,721-square-foot property has light, contemporary interiors and a guide price of $1.26 million. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018 Use a camera to take pictures or video of both the interior and exterior of your home as well as your property, including items stored on your property such as vehicles or lawn equipment. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Be prepared for hurricane season," 24 June 2018 According to the weather service, numerous thunderstorms are forecast for the interior and east coast metro areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties beginning around 2 p.m. These storms could last through the evening. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Brace yourself, Miami: Summer just started, and temperatures already feel over 100," 22 June 2018 Philippe Starck made his name designing interiors and consumer products here on Earth, but now the French designer is taking things to a whole new level — literally. NBC News, "French designer creates womblike habitat for space tourists," 20 June 2018 Experts expect heavier vog, or volcanic smog, to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend. CBS News, "Kilauea volcano eruption: Seismic activity increases, earthquakes strike 5 days in a row," 15 June 2018 The interior and exterior design choices are impeccable, the ride is quiet and luxurious, and the SUV is genuinely enjoyable to drive. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 The interior and exterior fireplaces, steam showers and air-conditioning allow for comfortable temperatures throughout Tahoe’s seasons, according to the developers. David Caraccio, sacbee, "New luxury homes under Heavenly Mountain Resort's gondola just went on the market," 7 June 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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The first known use of interior was in the 15th century

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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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