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

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 Tap lights: Don’t have the money or bandwidth to add more interior lighting in your rig? Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 The sunroof is included on SEL and SEL Premium models, but costs $1,200 on the SE trim level in a package that also includes the ambient interior lighting that is standard on SEL and SEL Premium. star-telegram, "VW’s second-generation Tiguan crossover starts at $24,595, has room for up to seven," 23 June 2018 Medium-intensity lighting is used for drawers and interior cabinet lighting because high-intensity light could overpower the small space. Maria Frank, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Integrated lighting," 6 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The socialite was known for her exquisite taste in style and interiors, even embarking on a career as an interior decorator at one point. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Carole Radziwill Remembers Her Late Mother-in-Law Lee Radziwill," 19 Feb. 2019 The vote on whether to lift the interior minister’s immunity from prosecution will take place in the next few weeks. ... Giovanni Legorano, WSJ, "Italy’s 5 Star Activists Vote to Protect Government Ally From Prosecution," 18 Feb. 2019 In addition, a deputy interior minister and expert on construction issues, Social Democrat Gunther Adler, will now keep his job rather than making way for Maassen. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute," 24 Sep. 2018 One of our volunteers was contacted by security at the One America building and reported a falcon in their patio area of the interior of the building. Laura James-reim, Indianapolis Star, "Beware of falling falcons: Volunteers ready to rescue," 17 June 2018 The club is known for its relaxed atmosphere, Tom Scheerer–decorated interiors, and understated style and elegance. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Wedding Weekend Under the Palm Trees and Stars at the Lyford Cay Club," 23 Jan. 2019 The interiors, honed with van Looij and the help of Graanmarkt’s artistic director, the scenographer Bob Verhelst, have the same spare aesthetic that reigns in the store. WSJ, "Focused on Sustainability, Graanmarkt 13 is a Go-To for Tastemakers," 10 Jan. 2019 The interior, designed by restaurant designer Ron Rea, will have high ceilings, Weinstein said. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Tomatoes Apizza opening in Birmingham; owner promises intense pizza," 29 June 2018 To help the old and new parts of the house blend seamlessly, Lamberto painted the entire interior with the same color, Benjamin Moore's Mountain Peak White. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "See How Designer Chantal Lamberto Family-Proofs A 1905 San Francisco Home," 24 Jan. 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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