in·​tra·​mu·​ral ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
: competed only within the student body
intramural sports
: being or occurring within the limits usually of a community, organization, or institution
intramural squabbles
: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ
intramurally adverb

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With its Latin prefix intra-, "within" (not to be confused with inter-, "between"), intramural means literally "within the walls". The word is usually used for sports played between teams made up only from students at one campus. Intramural athletics is often the most popular extracurricular activity at a college or university.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Leccese made the difficult decision not to play the season and instead put together what essentially amounted to an intramural flag football league. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Oct. 2022 Free expression is enhanced by the doctrine of academic freedom, which protects both intramural and extramural expression without institutional censorship or discipline. James Freeman, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 That inventory of knowledge had to include everything because the closest Snider had come to playing football was intramural competition as a freshman. Steve Reaven, Chicago Tribune, 8 Sep. 2022 Like partnership law firms who share these intramural tensions, conflicts play a key role, too. Mark A. Cohen, Forbes, 5 July 2022 Once, area schools organized an intramural volleyball and basketball tournament. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 In Barrington, a wealthy East Bay community, there’s an intramural dispute over parking near the town’s coastal access points., 6 Aug. 2021 The gym is used for those intramural sports as well as men’s volleyball and other college activities. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 When Dunn got to junior high school, she was introduced to a physical educator, Noona Kennard, who provided girls the chance to compete in intramural sports during gym class. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 1 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of intramural was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Intramural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



in·​tra·​mu·​ral ˌin-trə-ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
: being, occurring, or undertaken within the limits usually of a school
intramural sports

Medical Definition



in·​tra·​mu·​ral -ˈmyu̇r-əl How to pronounce intramural (audio)
: situated or occurring within the substance of the walls of an organ
intramural infarction
failure of or delay in intramural myocardial conduction American Journal of Cardiology
intramurally adverb

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