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

But this is not an interior book: Xie keeps her readers firmly outside of her head, at eye level, watching the world. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Hurst would be another nice addition to this blossoming defense, a gap-shooting interior presence who can capitalize on the attention Myles Garrett commands off the edge. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Round 2 NFL mock draft: Which QB will Patriots target as Tom Brady's successor?," 27 Apr. 2018 Even without making a 3 for the first time in 30 years Thursday, the interior presence was tough to stop. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "College basketball’s most accomplished school stands in Buffalo’s way of dream run | Idaho Statesman," 16 Mar. 2018 But this is not an interior book: Xie keeps her readers firmly outside of her head, at eye level, watching the world. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 12 Nov. 2018 The screens would allow drivers to control everything from the interior’s temperature to the temperature of the refrigerator back home, and passengers to surf the web and watch streaming videos. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "The Coming Battle Over the Car Cockpit," 12 Nov. 2018 In a game that could decide the ACC Atlantic division, the interior line matchup will be pivotal. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "AP All-America Watch: Sun Devils star WR; Alabama DT," 6 Nov. 2018 Planted in the museum’s interior courtyards: magnolias and bays, lushly surrounded by subtropical plants. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Whether that’s daylight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows, ambient interior lighting, or a mix of both, light can change the entire feel of a home. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "This House Has The Coolest Lighting You’ve Ever Seen," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Washington Post confirmed the tentative deal in an interview with Olga Sanchez Cordero, AMLO’s incoming interior minister. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s reportedly cutting a deal to force asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico," 24 Nov. 2018 Gray tones seem to remain the frequent neutral, while modified animal prints convey power in these types of interiors. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "What’s Next in Interior Design? Just Look to This New Decorator Show House," 25 Oct. 2018 On the interior, Audi overhauled its infotainment operating system, featuring haptic and acoustic feedback when the screen is tapped. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Audi Q8 SUV revealed: Luxury SUV market gets new 5-passenger model," 5 June 2018 And now, thanks to a nationwide arts program, some of San Diego’s best interiors will be as inclusive as our exteriors. Karla Peterson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Six San Diego museums just became more affordable," 30 May 2018 The 2,865 square feet of interiors also contain three bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Neal J. Leitereg, Jack Flemming And Lauren Beale, sacbee, "Hot Property: $68 million farmhouse mansion sells | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 Looks aside, the wares incorporate some clever design gestures: The stainless-steel pieces all nest, four of the pieces share two lids, and the interiors are rivetless to prevent food from getting stuck. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Say hello to the world’s most Instagrammable Dutch oven," 8 Nov. 2018 The interior of the shuttle was Airbnb-sparse but inviting. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Visibility is good, and the interior is bright and feels spacious thanks to the large moonroof. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Hyundai Nexo is an upmarket hydrogen fuel-cell SUV," 26 Oct. 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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