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

On Saturday against the Rams, Purcell knifed through the interior to tackle running back Justin Davis for a 2-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos’ DeShawn Williams, Mike Purcell pushing through roster bubble," 26 Aug. 2019 The interior features distressed wood, Western-style filigree metal and perforated leather seats. Dallas News, "This round in Truck Wars goes to the 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 diesel," 23 Aug. 2019 The interior features distressed wood, Western-style filigree metal and perforated leather seats. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ram 1500 diesel delivers whisper-quiet power and class-leading towing," 20 Aug. 2019 Misters, placed on the outside of the tube, further lubricate the interior with water and allow the fish to breathe. Eli Francovich, The Seattle Times, "More than a viral sensation, the Salmon Cannon could bring the species back to the Upper Columbia after 90 years," 19 Aug. 2019 The Presidio Trust has been trying to undo that damage since 1994, when the Army turned the land over to the National Park Service and the trust took charge of the interior 80% of the park. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "On the edge of SF’s Presidio, restoring a watershed will benefit nature and humans," 5 Aug. 2019 There are two potential causes for drift: some users blame the issue on either dust or debris making their way into the controller underneath a rubber cap that’s designed to keep the interior clean. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The Nintendo Switch’s Joy-Con drift problem, explained," 22 July 2019 First impressions: The interior hits you like a brand new Birkin bag: beautiful, pristine and expensive-looking. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Break bread at The Tilted Row in Bolton Hill," 3 July 2019 The half-dozen mints Jenny Watanabe had eaten at the beginning of her shift to pre-emptively perfume the interior had long since worn off. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are three bedrooms and four bathrooms within the more than 2,530 square feet of interiors. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "‘Zoolander’ producer Stuart Cornfeld sells his fashionable digs," 2 Sep. 2019 Over the past year, President Trump has spoken admiringly of Italy’s government — including its tactics against migrants, an approach originated by Salvini, who is the minister of the interior. Washington Post, "Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte wins backing to form a new government — this time, without the far right," 30 Aug. 2019 McDonald drew a map of the interior of the synagogue and set about learning where the boy had been and when, and who else might have been there, too. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Message of Measles," 26 Aug. 2019 However, today the company has allowed us to share these images of the interior. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche finally shows the interior of its new electric car," 22 Aug. 2019 This coalition government gave the Nazi party the position of speaker of Parliament and minister of the interior. Klaus Meyer, Quartz, "How to prevent a fascist takeover: Lessons from the Nazi party’s rise to power," 17 Aug. 2019 The company on Thursday shared images of the interior at Spaceport America in New Mexico. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Virgin Galactic unveils luxury lounge at its airport for space tourism," 15 Aug. 2019 Materials were pleasantly sumptuous and the appearance of the interior was quite impressive, and was filled with tech. Lyndon Conrad Bell, Houston Chronicle, "2019 GMC Canyon Denali is quiet, smooth, comfortable, even at highway speeds," 9 Aug. 2019 Mandel, by then France’s minister of the interior, was part of the convoy. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 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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