interior

[in-teer-ee-er]
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.
a.
the inside part of a building, considered as a whole from the point of view of artistic design or general effect, convenience, etc.
b.
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:
1480–90; < Latin, comparative adj. equivalent to inter- inward + -ior comparative suffix; see exterior

interiority [in-teer-ee-awr-i-tee, -or-] , noun
interiorly, adverb


8. See inside.


1, 8. exterior.
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interior (ɪnˈtɪərɪə)
 
n
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
 
adj
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
 
[C15: from Latin (adj), comparative of inter within]
 
in'teriorly
 
adv

Interior (ɪnˈtɪərɪə)
 
n
(in titles) the Interior the domestic or internal affairs of any of certain countries: Department of the Interior

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interior
1490, from L. interior "inner," comparative adj. of inter "within" (superl. intimus). The noun meaning "part of a country distant from the coast" is from 1796; meaning "inside of a building or room" is from 1829. Interior decoration first attested 1807. Meaning "internal affairs of a country or state"
(as in Department of the Interior) is from 1838.
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Example sentences
The exterior of a home tells as much about you as your interior.
Clever as the exterior is, though, it's the interior that's really a delight.
Twenty-five officials were arrested at the interior ministry this week, and
  staff at the national bank are on strike.
Plumage and behavior differ greatly between interior and coastal populations.
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