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

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 Alston woke up his roommate, Trenton Wyatt, to get out of the building, but the exit through their front door to an interior hallway was blocked with heavy black smoke. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "‘We’ve got to get out’: Men jump out window, save neighbors from condo fire," 10 July 2018 As the roof heats, air conditioning kicks in to maintain interior comfort level. Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s why rooftop gardens are good for your health, your house and your wallet," 8 Mar. 2018 The 360c has been built to be about the same size as Volvo’s luxury XC90 SUV, albeit with more interior space thanks to the absence of a combustion engine. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Volvo’s 360c concept has softened my cynicism about autonomous cars," 6 Sep. 2018 Freshen Up With Plants and Art Filling your interior space with beautiful plants that thrive in indoor conditions is the most literal way to bring in nature, but what if your potted plant gardening skills aren’t in tip-top shape? Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 Plans call for renovating the buildings’ existing 120,000 square feet of interior space and adding to them a 75,000-square-foot expansion. Jacob Adelman, Philly.com, "Second Philadelphia Navy Yard hotel planned in aged barracks," 20 Apr. 2018 Eastberg said the mansion at that time was already fundraising for two interior restoration projects; the chandelier would have cost more than $100,000. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Von Trier bar auctioning off Colnik chandelier, other items," 17 Mar. 2018 Classic With a Twist White cabinets provide balance to a bold wall color, and the BODBYN glass doors turn your dishes into an artful display thanks to interior lighting. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the other hand, illustrations for the interior of a book should be approached a bit differently. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "An artist on creating the retro art for a new edition of Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers," 9 Dec. 2018 Inside and out The interior of the Compass is well thought-out, with a couple of small exceptions. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 The interiors of Craftsman homes are just as distinct and important to the builder as the exterior. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "There's A Reason Original Craftsman Style Homes Are Still Around After 100 Years," 21 Nov. 2018 The interior of the terminals will have lots of light, some greenery, and plenty of places for travelers to spend money. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York's Airports Are Getting Billion-Dollar Makeovers—But What Will They Actually Change?," 21 Nov. 2018 Browsing the site is to experience something between heaven and the interior of a Hilton. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The Property Brothers’ empire, explained," 14 Nov. 2018 Moreover, the weak force controls how often neutrinos interact with regular matter, which in turn has an effect on how energy drains from the interiors of stars. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 The Rotunda may mimic the interior of the Pantheon in Rome. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "History at the Capitol Rotunda, where McCain's casket will lie in state," 30 Aug. 2018 And that aesthetic continues to inspire the interiors of homes today. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 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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