[in-dawr, -dohr]


occurring, used, etc., in a house or building, rather than out of doors: indoor games.

Origin of indoor

1705–15; aphetic variant of within-door, orig. phrase within (the) door, i.e., inside the house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective (prenominal)

of, situated in, or appropriate to the inside of a house or other buildingan indoor tennis court; indoor amusements
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Word Origin and History for indoor

1711, from within door (opposed to outdoor); the form indoors is first attested 1799 in George Washington's writings.

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