a computer network with restricted access, as within a company, that uses software and protocols developed for the Internet.

Nearby words

  1. intramural pregnancy,
  2. intramuscular,
  3. intranasal,
  4. intranasal anesthesia,
  5. intranational,
  6. intrans.,
  7. intransigence,
  8. intransigent,
  9. intransitive,
  10. intransitive verb

Origin of intranet

First recorded in 1990–95; intra- + (Inter)net

Can be confusedInternet intranet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intranet

  • He spent the time surfing readymade coasters and checking the intranet for engineer availability.

    Makers|Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for intranet



computing an internal network that makes use of internet technology

Word Origin for intranet

C20: from intra- + net 1 (sense 8), modelled on internet

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Science definitions for intranet



A privately maintained computer network that only authorized persons can access. Many corporations and institutions, for example, communicate with employees or members through the use of a private intranet.
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