Definition of indoor in English:



  • 1[attributive] Situated, conducted, or used within a building or under cover.

    ‘indoor sports’
    • ‘They do flower but these are insignificant, though if picked and dried they can be used for indoor winter decoration.’
    • ‘Unique gift for special occasions, a stunning patio and indoor plant and feature tree for parks and large gardens.’
    • ‘There are plenty of attractions including an indoor Christmas market and children's fairground.’
    • ‘Cooking and heating with such solid fuels on open fires or stoves without chimneys leads to indoor air pollution.’
    • ‘As with the Jazz Fest, there's both pricey indoor shows and free outdoor concerts.’
    • ‘He lives on a farm and there was no indoor toilet and no door on the shower room.’
    • ‘The building also incorporates a stained glass ceiling and indoor lake boasting Koi carp and sturgeon.’
    • ‘Today's weather is perfect only for indoor DIY with a nice hot cup of cocoa.’
    • ‘It's also a beautiful addition to indoor spaces that are usually devoid of life.’
    • ‘The pair of them, in short, have become indoor cats of their own choice.’
    • ‘If the indoor tables don't satisfy you, and if the weather is right, do ask for a table on the terrace.’
    • ‘So, the recent measures to restrict smoking in indoor environments are to be welcomed.’
    • ‘One possibility is that they will cover their artificial pitch to create an indoor facility.’
    • ‘If you are working, use the breaks during meetings to stretch or take a brisk walk up the indoor stairway.’
    • ‘The campsite already has three basic indoor accommodation blocks in addition to camping facilities.’
    • ‘The programme has a wide and varied list of entertainment, indoor and outdoor over the eight days.’
    • ‘However, raising a wide variety of fowl and pigs are well within the capabilities of indoor farming.’
    • ‘Usually, those who maintain a good garden are more interested in keeping indoor plants too.’
    • ‘All experimental trials were conducted within the confines of an indoor squash court.’
    • ‘The work will see the indoor market within the shopping centre transformed.’
    1. 1.1Relating to sports played indoors.
      ‘the national indoor champion’
      • ‘Im talking a choice of sports, both indoor and out so children can choose their occupation.’
      • ‘Any indoor sports shoes like volleyball shoes or badminton shoes can be used.’
      • ‘The Bolton winter indoor cricket competition begins on Sunday with the opening three matches.’
      • ‘This is the first ever international indoor cricket tournament to be played in Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘Public facilities will include playing fields, an indoor sports arena and an athletics track.’
      • ‘Yet last weekend it was the British vest she wore with pride at the world indoor championships in Lisbon.’
      • ‘Tuesday is senior training night; this time of the year the grammar school gym is a welcome indoor facility.’
      • ‘Practical skills and drills for applying the technique on the indoor rowing machine’
      • ‘She won the high jump and looks to be in top form as she outdid her indoor championships performance.’
      • ‘What about the decision to change the colours used in indoor bowls?’
      • ‘In his spare time he enjoys running, indoor rock climbing and spending time with his family.’
      • ‘He said a swimming pool, a tennis court and an indoor stadium would be constructed at the site.’
      • ‘Debbie initially took up the sport on an indoor rowing machine at a local health club.’
      • ‘The rise of the indoor soccer centre may not, after all, be behind the sharp decline in park football.’
      • ‘After failing to regain the indoor title, he is determined to keep his grip on the main championship.’
      • ‘After a short break James will commence his winter training for the forthcoming indoor season.’
      • ‘And though few are willing to admit it, the pull of the sand and the sun has hit the indoor game hard.’
      • ‘The team also had one eye on the indoor season which is due to start soon.’
      • ‘As soon as the doors opened to this indoor footballing haven, we booked in and played the following week.’
      • ‘It includes a new gym, squash courts, an indoor running track and swimming pools.’


Early 18th century (superseding earlier within-door): from in (as a preposition) + door.