[in-truh-myoo r-uh l]


involving only students at the same school or college: intramural athletics.
within the walls, boundaries, or enclosing units, as of a city, institution, or building.Compare extramural.
Anatomy. being within the substance of a wall, as of an organ.
involving or understood only by members of a single group, profession, etc.: an intramural medical conference.

Origin of intramural

First recorded in 1840–50; intra- + mural
Related formsin·tra·mu·ral·ly, adverb
Can be confusedintermural intramural Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intramural

Contemporary Examples of intramural

  • Both agencies, especially the CIA, had intramural interests for dissembling and hiding the true facts.

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    The Mob Did It (We Think)

    Ronald Goldfarb

    January 5, 2009

Historical Examples of intramural

  • He was going one way, and I the other, each on an Intramural car.'

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • The latter accord more with ancient cities which were intramural.

  • All the pigments used by the modern Tusayan Indians were found in the intramural burial already described.

  • No one seemed disposed to decline the invitation; some time was spent on the water, then on the Intramural Railway.

  • But intramural burials were not allowed in Rome; therefore the catacombs commence outside the walls.

British Dictionary definitions for intramural



education, mainly US and Canadian operating within or involving those in a single establishment
anatomy within the walls of a cavity or hollow organ
Derived Formsintramurally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intramural

1846, literally "within the walls," from intra- "within" + Latin muralis "pertaining to a wall," from murus "wall" (see mural). Activity "within the walls" of a city, building, community, school, etc. Equivalent to Late Latin intramuranus.

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