Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

interim

[in-ter-uh m]
See more synonyms for interim on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. an intervening time; interval; meantime: School doesn't start till September, but he's taking a Spanish class in the interim.
  2. a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift: As an interim, her summer job was pretty good.
  3. (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.
Show More
adjective
  1. for, during, belonging to, or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary; provisional: an interim order; an interim job.
Show More
adverb
  1. meanwhile.
Show More

Origin of interim

1540–50; < Latin: in the meantime

ad interim

[ad in-tuh-rim]
adverb, adjective
  1. in the meantime.
Show More

Origin of ad interim

< Latin: literally, for the time between
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for interim

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for interim

interim

adjective
  1. (prenominal) temporary, provisional, or interveninginterim measures to deal with the emergency
Show More
noun
  1. the interim the intervening time; the meantime (esp in the phrase in the interim)
Show More
adverb
  1. rare meantime
Show More

Word Origin

C16: from Latin: meanwhile

Interim

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

ad interim

adjective, adverb
  1. for the meantime; for the presentad interim measures Abbreviation: ad int
Show More

Word Origin

Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for interim

n.

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."

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with interim

interim

see in the interim.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.