[in-ter-uh m]


an intervening time; interval; meantime: School doesn't start till September, but he's taking a Spanish class in the interim.
a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift: As an interim, her summer job was pretty good.
(initial capital letter) Church History. any of three provisional arrangements for the settlement of religious differences between German Protestants and Roman Catholics during the Reformation.


for, during, belonging to, or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary; provisional: an interim order; an interim job.


Nearby words

  1. intergranular,
  2. intergroup,
  3. intergrowth,
  4. interhemispheric,
  5. interictal,
  6. interim denture,
  7. interim standard atmosphere,
  8. interinsurance,
  9. interionic,
  10. interior

Origin of interim

1540–50; < Latin: in the meantime

ad interim

[ad in-tuh-rim]

adverb, adjective

in the meantime.

Origin of ad interim

< Latin: literally, for the time between Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interim

British Dictionary definitions for interim



(prenominal) temporary, provisional, or interveninginterim measures to deal with the emergency


the interim the intervening time; the meantime (esp in the phrase in the interim)


rare meantime

Word Origin for interim

C16: from Latin: meanwhile



any of three provisional arrangements made during the Reformation by the German emperor and Diet to regulate religious differences between Roman Catholics and Protestants

ad interim

adjective, adverb

for the meantime; for the presentad interim measures Abbreviation: ad int

Word Origin for ad interim


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Word Origin and History for interim



1540s, from Latin interim (adv.) "in the meantime, meanwhile," originally "in the midst of that," from inter- "between" (see inter-) + im, ancient adverb from stem of pronoun is "this, that."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with interim


see in the interim.

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