out·​er ˈau̇-tər How to pronounce outer (audio)
: existing independent of mind : objective
outer reality
: situated farther out
the outer limits
: being away from a center
the planet's outer rings
: situated or belonging on the outside
an outer covering

Examples of outer in a Sentence

the outer edges of the roof The package's outer covering was damaged. I removed the outer skin of the onion. Her inner turmoil was masked by an outer calm.
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Word History


Middle English, from out entry 4 + -er entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outer was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Outer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outer. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


out·​er ˈau̇t-ər How to pronounce outer (audio)
: located on the outside or farther out
the outer wall
: being away from a center
the outer planets of the solar system

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