Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday September 16, 2009

exterior, noun:
the exterior, the outside; abroad

One meaning of exterior is very similar to English. It means the exterior or outside of something.

El exterior del edificio.
The outside of the building.

The phrase salir al exterior is a slightly formal way of saying to go outside:

Salimos al exterior a tomar el aire.
We went outside to get some fresh air.

The other meaning, abroad, is an extension of the first meaning, because it refers to things outside your own country:

No hemos recibido noticias del exterior.
We haven’t had any news from abroad.

la imagen de Méjico en el exterior
Mexico’s image abroad

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