- being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center: the interior rooms of a house.
- of or relating to that which is within; inside: an interior view.
- situated well inland from the coast or border: the interior towns of a country.
- of or relating to the inland.
- domestic: interior trade.
- private or hidden; inner: interior negotiations of the council.
- pertaining to the mind or soul; mental or spiritual: the interior life.
- the internal or inner part; inside.
- the inside part of a building, considered as a whole from the point of view of artistic design or general effect, convenience, etc.
- a single room or apartment so considered.
- a pictorial representation of the inside of a room.
- the inland parts of a region, country, etc.: the Alaskan interior.
- the domestic affairs of a country as distinguished from its foreign affairs: the Department of the Interior.
- the inner or inward nature or character of anything.
- Mathematics. the largest open set contained in a given set, as the points in a circle not including the boundary.
Origin of interior
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Examples from the Web for interior
The interior video shows the gunman firing the shot through the window.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
One of its top officials is the current minister of the interior in Baghad.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
“We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea,” said Nabarro.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
Hedwig calls on me to have a much more expansive energy—not so interior.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
An Italian Interior Ministry official told The Daily Beast that issues in Africa offered a more accurate explanation.Britain’s Let-Em-All-Die Policy
Nico Hines, Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2014
Some came from the interior of Africa and had woolly hair and thick lips.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Hawarden is called a Castle, but it has not, either in its exterior or interior, the aspect of a Castle.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
The apparatus and its weights are arranged in the interior of the vessel.
It was brown as to crust, and flaky and light as to interior.In the Midst of Alarms
Everything was on a colossal scale, and trim as a Dutch interior.In the Heart of Vosges
- a part, surface, or region that is inside or on the insidethe interior of Africa
- inner character or nature
- a film or scene shot inside a building, studio, etc
- a picture of the inside of a room or building, as in a painting or stage design
- the inside of a building or room, with respect to design and decoration
- of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner
- coming or acting from within; internal
- of or involving a nation's domestic affairs; internal
- (esp of one's spiritual or mental life) secret or private; not observable
- the Interior (in titles) the domestic or internal affairs of any of certain countriesDepartment of the Interior
Word Origin and History for interior
late 15c., from Middle French intérieur and directly from Latin interior "inner, interior, middle," comparative adjective of inter "within" (see inter-). Meaning "of the interior parts of a country" is from 1777; meaning "internal affairs of a country or state" (as in U.S. Department of the Interior) is from 1838. Interior decoration first attested 1807. Interior design from 1927.
"part of a country distant from the coast," 1796, from interior (adj.); meaning "inside of a building or room" is from 1829.