[ verb in-turn; noun in-turn ]
/ verb ɪnˈtɜrn; noun ˈɪn tɜrn /

verb (used with object)

to restrict to or confine within prescribed limits, as prisoners of war, enemy aliens, or combat troops who take refuge in a neutral country.
to impound or hold within a country until the termination of a war, as a ship of a belligerent that has put into a neutral port and remained beyond a limited period.


a person who is or has been interned; internee.

Origin of intern

1865–70; < French interner, verbal derivative of interne intern3

Definition for intern (2 of 3)

[ in-turn ]
/ ˈɪn tɜrn /

noun Also interne.

a resident member of the medical staff of a hospital, usually a recent medical school graduate serving under supervision.
Education. student teacher.
a person who works as an apprentice or trainee in an occupation or profession to gain practical experience, and sometimes also to satisfy legal or other requirements for being licensed or accepted professionally.

verb (used without object)

to be or perform the duties of an intern.

Origin of intern

1875–80, Americanism; < French interne < Latin internus intern3

Definition for intern (3 of 3)

[ in-turn ]
/ ɪnˈtɜrn /

adjective Archaic.

Origin of intern

1570–80; < Latin internus inward, equivalent to inter- inter- + -nus adj. suffix; see extern Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for intern



(ɪnˈtɜːn) (tr) to detain or confine (foreign or enemy citizens, ships, etc), esp during wartime
(ˈɪntɜːn) (intr) mainly US to serve or train as an intern

noun (ˈɪntɜːn)

adjective (ɪnˈtɜːn)

an archaic word for internal

Word Origin for intern

C19: from Latin internus internal
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Medical definitions for intern



An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and who resides within that institution.


To train or to serve as an intern.

Other words from intern

intern•ship′ n.
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