[ in-ter-uh m ]
/ ˈɪn tər əm /


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.



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Origin of interim

1540–50; < Latin: in the meantime

Definition for interim (2 of 2)

ad interim
[ ad in-tuh-rim ]
/ æd ˈɪn tə rɪm /

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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for interim

British Dictionary definitions for interim (1 of 3)

/ (ˈɪntərɪm) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for interim (2 of 3)

/ (ˈɪntərɪm) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for interim (3 of 3)

ad interim
/ (æd ˈɪntərɪm) /

adjective, adverb

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

Word Origin for ad interim

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Idioms and Phrases with interim


see in the interim.

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