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[ in-teer-ee-er ]

/ ɪnˈtɪər i ər /

adjective

being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center: the interior rooms of a house.

of or relating to that which is within; inside: an interior view.

situated well inland from the coast or border: the interior towns of a country.

domestic: interior trade.

private or hidden; inner: interior negotiations of the council.

pertaining to the mind or soul; mental or spiritual: the interior life.

noun

the internal or inner part; inside.

Architecture.

  1. the inside part of a building, considered as a whole from the point of view of artistic design or general effect, convenience, etc.
  2. a single room or apartment so considered.

a pictorial representation of the inside of a room.

the inland parts of a region, country, etc.: the Alaskan interior.

the domestic affairs of a country as distinguished from its foreign affairs: the Department of the Interior.

the inner or inward nature or character of anything.

Mathematics. the largest open set contained in a given set, as the points in a circle not including the boundary.

Words nearby interior

interim

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interim denture

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interim standard atmosphere

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interinsurance

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interionic

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interior

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interior angle

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interior decoration

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interior decorator

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interior design

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interior designer

Origin of interior

1480–90;

Latin, comparative adj. equivalent to

inter-

inward +

-ior

comparative suffix; see

exterior

OTHER WORDS FROM interior

in·te·ri·or·i·ty [in-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] /ɪnˌtɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, nounin·te·ri·or·ly, adverb

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interior

  • The interior video shows the gunman firing the shot through the window.

  • One of its top officials is the current minister of the interior in Baghad.

  • Hedwig calls on me to have a much more expansive energy—not so interior.

  • An Italian Interior Ministry official told The Daily Beast that issues in Africa offered a more accurate explanation.

  • Indeed, the Ministry of Interior released a report of 141 investigations against candidates accused of vote-buying around Ukraine.

  • In the interior of their abode, they occupy themselves with feminine tasks, and fervently perform the rites of their religion.

  • The chimneys may be made with such low fitting between the cap and the body that no interior swinging flaps are required.

  • The interior of an empty church would be shown by evening twilight.

  • With this thorough reflection is combined diffusion as thorough, the interior of the globe being shaped as ribs.

  • But the interior of the laboratory displayed no gruesome scene.

British Dictionary definitions for interior (1 of 2)

interior

noun

a part, surface, or region that is inside or on the insidethe interior of Africa

inner character or nature

a film or scene shot inside a building, studio, etc

a picture of the inside of a room or building, as in a painting or stage design

the inside of a building or room, with respect to design and decoration

adjective

of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner

coming or acting from within; internal

of or involving a nation’s domestic affairs; internal

(esp of one’s spiritual or mental life) secret or private; not observable

Derived forms of interior

interiorly, adverb

Word Origin for interior

C15: from Latin (adj), comparative of inter within

British Dictionary definitions for interior (2 of 2)

Interior

noun

the Interior (in titles) the domestic or internal affairs of any of certain countriesDepartment of the Interior

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