[ou-ter-mohst or, esp. British, -muh st]


farthest out; remotest from the interior or center: the outermost limits.

Origin of outermost

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at outer, -most
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Contemporary Examples of outermost

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Historical Examples of outermost

  • Tua walked to the outermost edge of the tower and stood there waiting the end.

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    H. Rider Haggard

  • Woman-like she offered the man the outermost fringe of her thought.

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    Elizabeth Robins

  • Another minute and the outermost rock was under their port bow.

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    R.M. Ballantyne

  • They had reached Europa Point, the outermost lighthouse of the promontory.

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    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • There are four of them, the outermost being called the Single or "Girdle."

British Dictionary definitions for outermost



furthest from the centre or middle; outmost
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Word Origin and History for outermost

1580s, from outer + -most.

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