1 [v. in-turn; n. in-turn]
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.

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


2 [in-turn]
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.

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


3 [in-turn]
adjective Archaic.

1570–80; < Latin internus inward, equivalent to inter- inter- + -nus adj. suffix; see extern Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
1.  (tr) to detain or confine (foreign or enemy citizens, ships, etc), esp during wartime
2.  chiefly (US) (intr) to serve or train as an intern
3.  another word for internee
4.  (US), (Canadian) med Also: interne, British equivalent: house officer a graduate in the first year of practical training after medical school, resident in a hospital and under supervision by senior doctors
5.  chiefly (US) a student teacher
6.  chiefly (US) a student or recent graduate receiving practical training in a working environment
7.  an archaic word for internal
[C19: from Latin internus internal]

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Word Origin & History

1866, "to confine within set limits," from Fr. interner "send to the interior, confine," from M.Fr. interne "inner, internal," from L. internus "within, internal" (see internal). Internment is first attested 1870.

1879, Amer.Eng. "one working under supervision as part of professional training," esp. "doctor in training in a hospital," from Fr. interne "assistant doctor," lit. "resident within a school," from M.Fr. interne "internal" (see intern (v.)). The verb in this sense is attested
from 1933; internship is from 1904.
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Medical Dictionary

intern in·tern or in·terne (ĭn'tûrn')
An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and who resides within that institution. v. in·terned, in·tern·ing, in·terns
To train or to serve as an intern.

in'tern·ship' n.
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