- outer; being on the outer side: the exterior surface; exterior decorations.
- intended or suitable for outdoor use: exterior paint.
- situated or being outside; pertaining to or connected with what is outside: the exterior territories of a country.
- the outer surface or part; outside.
- outward form or appearance: She has a placid exterior, but inside she is tormented.
- Mathematics. the collection of points not contained in the closure of a given set.
Origin of exterior
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Examples from the Web for exterior
There is none of the jutting out of decks and balconies, and feeling of exterior bulk that is so familiar to mega-yachts.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars
October 19, 2014
After leaving Biba in 1976, she became a well-known interior and exterior designer in the revival of the Miami Art Deco District.Barbara Hulanicki, Queen of Fast Fashion
October 15, 2014
The dogs have been fried in soybean oil until their exterior skin begins to develop a sensuous crunch.The Jersey Shore’s Biggest Weiners Are at Jimmy Buff’s
Jane & Michael Stern
June 15, 2014
In any case, they bring the exterior of the house to life with bursts of color and control the light and views from inside.World-Famous Architects Design Dollhouses For New Charity Project
November 1, 2013
A source said the couple plans on spending double on the interior of their home as the exterior, The Daily Mail reported.Kimye Said To Buy $175,000 Bed
July 27, 2013
Hawarden is called a Castle, but it has not, either in its exterior or interior, the aspect of a Castle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The exterior is not remarkable, but the beauty of the internal ornament is most striking.Yorkshire Painted And Described
This change, if it deteriorated his mind, improved his exterior.Night and Morning, Complete
It was a large house; but low and straggling; and unpretending in its exterior.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
The Tuttle person under an exterior geniality was rather abrupt.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- a part, surface, or region that is on the outside
- the observable outward behaviour or appearance of a person
- a film or scene shot outside a studio
- of, situated on, or suitable for the outsideexterior cleaning
- coming or acting from without; externalexterior complications
- of or involving foreign nations
Word Origin and History for exterior
1520s, from Latin exterior, comparative of exterus "on the outside, outward, outer, of another country, foreign," itself a comparative of ex "out of" (see ex-). As a noun from 1590s.