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interior

[in-teer-ee-er] /ɪnˈtɪər i ər/
adjective
1.
being within; inside of anything; internal; inner; further toward a center:
the interior rooms of a house.
2.
of or pertaining to that which is within; inside:
an interior view.
3.
situated well inland from the coast or border:
the interior towns of a country.
4.
of or pertaining to the inland.
5.
domestic:
interior trade.
6.
private or hidden; inner:
interior negotiations of the council.
7.
pertaining to the mind or soul; mental or spiritual:
the interior life.
noun
8.
the internal or inner part; inside.
9.
Architecture.
  1. the inside part of a building, considered as a whole from the point of view of artistic design or general effect, convenience, etc.
  2. a single room or apartment so considered.
10.
a pictorial representation of the inside of a room.
11.
the inland parts of a region, country, etc.:
the Alaskan interior.
12.
the domestic affairs of a country as distinguished from its foreign affairs:
the Department of the Interior.
13.
the inner or inward nature or character of anything.
14.
Mathematics. the largest open set contained in a given set, as the points in a circle not including the boundary.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin, comparative adj. equivalent to inter- inward + -ior comparative suffix; see exterior
Related forms
interiority
[in-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] /ɪnˌtɪər iˈɔr ɪ ti, -ˈɒr-/ (Show IPA),
noun
interiorly, adverb
Synonyms
8. See inside.
Antonyms
1, 8. exterior.
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British Dictionary definitions for interiority

interiority

/ɪnˌtɪərɪˈɒrɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the quality of being focused on one's inner life and identity

interior

/ɪnˈtɪərɪə/
noun
1.
a part, surface, or region that is inside or on the inside: the interior of Africa
2.
inner character or nature
3.
a film or scene shot inside a building, studio, etc
4.
a picture of the inside of a room or building, as in a painting or stage design
5.
the inside of a building or room, with respect to design and decoration
adjective
6.
of, situated on, or suitable for the inside; inner
7.
coming or acting from within; internal
8.
of or involving a nation's domestic affairs; internal
9.
(esp of one's spiritual or mental life) secret or private; not observable
Derived Forms
interiorly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin (adj), comparative of inter within

Interior

/ɪnˈtɪərɪə/
noun
1.
(in titles) the Interior, the domestic or internal affairs of any of certain countries: Department of the Interior
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Word Origin and History for interiority
n.

1701, from interior + -ity.

interior

adj.

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.

n.

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

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