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

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 Now, the model, designer, and perpetual paragon of Parisian elegance brings them into her home and the interior spaces of other creative Parisians with her latest tome, Maison: Parisian Chic at Home (Flammarion, 2018). Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Ines de la Fressange and Marin Montagut on How to Achieve 'Parisian Chic'," 1 Oct. 2018 Shimek said, adding that the retailers will then come in and build out the interior spaces to their liking. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 July 2018 Likes Exterior dimensions of a midsize SUV with the interior space of a larger vehicle. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 2018 Starting on Sunday, July 1, retail establishments with interior finished floor space of more than 8,000 square feet are prohibited from providing customers with plastic check-out bags. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "The plastic bag ban begins in Melrose," 28 June 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.," 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

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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