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exterior

[ik-steer-ee-er] /ɪkˈstɪər i ər/
adjective
1.
outer; being on the outer side:
the exterior surface; exterior decorations.
2.
intended or suitable for outdoor use:
exterior paint.
3.
situated or being outside; pertaining to or connected with what is outside:
the exterior territories of a country.
noun
4.
the outer surface or part; outside.
5.
outward form or appearance:
She has a placid exterior, but inside she is tormented.
6.
Mathematics. the collection of points not contained in the closure of a given set.
Origin of exterior
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin, comparative of exter or exterus on the outside, outward. See ex-1
Related forms
exteriorly, adverb
Synonyms
1. outward, outside, external, superficial. 3. outlying, extraneous, foreign; extrinsic. 4. face. 5. mien, aspect.
Antonyms
1, 4. interior.
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  • 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.

  • This change, if it deteriorated his mind, improved his exterior.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for exterior

exterior

/ɪkˈstɪərɪə/
noun
1.
a part, surface, or region that is on the outside
2.
the observable outward behaviour or appearance of a person
3.
a film or scene shot outside a studio
adjective
4.
of, situated on, or suitable for the outside: exterior cleaning
5.
coming or acting from without; external: exterior complications
6.
of or involving foreign nations
Derived Forms
exteriorly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, comparative of exterus on the outside, from ex out of
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Word Origin and History for exterior
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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