[in-er-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st]


farthest inward; inmost.
most intimate or secret: one's innermost beliefs.


the innermost part.

Origin of innermost

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at inner, -most Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for innermost

deepest, intimate, personal, private

Examples from the Web for innermost

Contemporary Examples of innermost

Historical Examples of innermost

  • He has all leisure to give you, and enters into the innermost spirit of your buying.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • The broad daylight could search the innermost corners of his every action.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Make what you can of it, dear Bertie, and believe that it all comes from my innermost heart.

  • In spite of my determination not to admit it even in my innermost thoughts, I knew.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Indeed my innermost feeling, now, is that "The Return" is a left-handed production.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for innermost



being or located furthest within; central
intimate; privateinnermost beliefs
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Word Origin and History for innermost

mid-14c., from inner + -most. Innermore also existed in Middle English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper