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

The interior offers intimate farmhouse vibes, with sensible updates like new windows marble countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Restored 1756 Martha’s Vineyard farmhouse asks $2.25M," 10 July 2018 The bird is cooked over high heat for 10 minutes to produce the bronzed, crisp skin while leaving the interior medium-rare. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 Some of the last items to be installed in a home, such as toilets, appliances and interior doors, are the first to be removed. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "East side duplexes will be deconstructed — rather than demolished — under new Milwaukee ordinance," 29 June 2018 Night shift: The only real downside were headlights that sat a little low and interior lights that were too bright for use while driving. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Traversing France in the Toyota C-HR Hybrid," 14 June 2018 Kim made sure the interior reflected her style by acting as her own interior designer. Ottavia Zappala, azcentral, "Mediterranean-style Gold Canyon house reflects the calm of its mountain surroundings," 17 May 2018 Door skins make up the front and back of interior doors. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio company must pay $1.2 million, jury finds," 14 May 2018 Meanwhile, an interior green wall is designed to purify air and an exterior plant wall acts as a foundation for micro-farming. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Tiny house from UN Environment and Yale raises the bar for eco-living," 11 July 2018 If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Safety tips to follow before, during and after an earthquake," 8 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pulsar, which rotates 366 times per second, co-orbits on the interior with one of the white dwarfs; the pair circles a common center of mass every 1.6 Earth days. Mike Wall, NBC News, "Einstein's theory of relativity passes its toughest test yet," 5 July 2018 The 1,900-square-foot space underwent $500,000 in renovations, resulting in a warm, bright interior and a slew of hanging plants, according to the release. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Button cafe and bar to open on Canton waterfront," 28 June 2018 Now, Short will team with free agent pickup Dontari Poe on the interior of the defensive line. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "At $780,000 per game, he could be the Panthers' most underrated player," 22 June 2018 The interiors of both look great, with soft touch materials on nearly every surface, ambient lighting and attractive concave trim panels with unusual trim that looked like three-dimensional pieces of metal. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2019 Volvo XC40 SUV has wireless phone charging, carryout bag hook," 23 May 2018 Beyond that, not much is known about what the interior of the cottage looks like. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Here's Where Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Will Live After Their Wedding," 27 Apr. 2018 The Thai interior minister requested that Hodges and about eight others go into a private room. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 The restaurant, which features an open kitchen and a very modern interior, opened three years ago, but with all the construction, many people haven’t ventured to the area. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Stem Kitchen and Garden in Mission Bay: Go before it’s ‘discovered’," 12 July 2018 The upmarket tester boasted a lovely interior loaded to the gunwales with standard gear. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Refreshed for 2019, Buick Envision is roomy, comfortable, and quiet," 12 July 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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Phrases Related to interior

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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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