Origin of interior

1480–90; < Latin, comparative adj. equivalent to inter- inward + -ior comparative suffix; see exterior
Related formsin·te·ri·or·i·ty [in-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] /ɪnˌtɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/, nounin·te·ri·or·ly, adverb

Synonyms for interior

8. See inside.

Antonyms for interior

1, 8. exterior. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interiors



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
Derived Formsinteriorly, adverb

Word Origin for interior

C15: from Latin (adj), comparative of inter within



the Interior (in titles) the domestic or internal affairs of any of certain countriesDepartment of the Interior
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Word Origin and History for interiors



"part of a country distant from the coast," 1796, from interior (adj.); meaning "inside of a building or room" is from 1829.



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.

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