[ in-er ]
/ ˈɪn ər /


situated within or farther within; interior: an inner door.
more intimate, private, or secret: the inner workings of the organization.
of or relating to the mind or spirit; mental; spiritual: the inner life.
not obvious; hidden or obscure: an inner meaning.
noting or relating to an aspect of a person's mind or personality that has not been fully discovered, revealed, or expressed: a place where anyone can find their inner artist regardless of skill level.

Origin of inner

before 900; Middle English; Old English innera, comparative based on the adv. inne within, inside; see inmost, -er4


in·ner·ly, adverb, adjectivein·ner·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for inner

/ (ˈɪnə) /

adjective (prenominal)


Also called: red archery
  1. the red innermost ring on a target
  2. a shot which hits this ring

Derived forms of inner

innerly, adverbinnerness, noun
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