Definition of interior in English:

interior

adjective

  • 1Situated on or relating to the inside of something; inner.

    ‘the interior lighting is not adequate’
    • ‘There are outdoor hallways around an interior courtyard.’
    • ‘An interior courtyard with an intimate pool is surrounded by classical and modern sculpture, as if the art is on parade.’
    • ‘The only quibbles are the lack of a simple way to unlock the doors from inside, and an interior light which is too bright for the driver's comfort.’
    • ‘An interior courtyard boasts a graceful arched door and elegant windows and the landing is adorned with carved wooden cherubs at the four corners of a decorated dome.’
    • ‘Now he incorporates these techniques - interior courtyards and closed gardens - into modern buildings.’
    • ‘I'm really poor at interior lighting so this is just a very quick test to get an initial idea.’
    • ‘Glass lids with interior lighting are optional.’
    • ‘The church roof has been repaired and interior redecoration of the inside will start this year in the New Year.’
    • ‘It is the display window, the interior lighting, the flooring, the music, the color schemes and the clean and neat arrangement of the walls and floor.’
    • ‘There is also a first-class section with reclining seats and soft interior lighting, so the buyer can enjoy the luxury of modern rail travel without having to buy a ticket.’
    • ‘Moments later the door was lying in the courtyard and officers burst inside through an interior set of double glass doors.’
    • ‘The owner has collected electrical equipment over the years, which can be seen in some of the shots, also he has new fluorescent lights for repairing the interior lighting.’
    • ‘If this is not possible, take shelter inside a windowless, interior room in the house.’
    • ‘It's the perfect way to unite interior sophistication with inner child.’
    • ‘And he liked the other clerks, who still played basketball together and gathered for weekly happy hours at the court's interior courtyards.’
    • ‘Among the house's unusual features is a small interior courtyard.’
    • ‘They also have a proprietary coating that reflects radiant interior heat back inside to help you stay warm in winter.’
    • ‘He says he got the idea years ago on a trip to Nepal when he noticed how it was impossible for most students to study after the sun went down because of a lack of interior lighting.’
    • ‘Perfect for a rail collector, the model has its own driver's cab, first class section with reclining seats and interior lighting.’
    • ‘Installation of the door requires that a hole be cut through the siding on the outside, and through the drywall or other interior wallcovering on the inside.’
    inside, inner, internal, intramural
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    1. 1.1interior totechnical Situated further in or within.
      ‘the layer immediately interior to the epidermis’
      • ‘A narrow marginal band that is darker in color than the interior region of the shell appears in the example.’
      • ‘Symmetric asters are shown in the deep interior region (green arrows).’
    2. 1.2 (in filming) indoor.
      ‘interior scenes’
      • ‘Some of the interior scenes were set in the domed Moorish ballroom which is now a restaurant.’
      • ‘The entire film takes place within a small assortment of sets, mostly interior shots.’
      • ‘There are quality issues with the film itself, such as pronounced grain in interior scenes and abject shadow detail.’
      • ‘The dark interior scenes are particularly maddening, with dull red light, blooming lamp flames, and extremely poor shadow detail.’
      • ‘Then, on the next day, we would come back with the actors and film the interior car shots with them driving.’
      • ‘The atmosphere of the interior shots in ‘Pennies from Heaven’ I still remember vividly.’
      • ‘Many of the film's interior shots are shadowy, with most of the lighting provided by glowing fireplaces, and these scenes looked very warm.’
      • ‘It is the first interior shot for many years and highlights the huge task facing the building's new owners.’
      • ‘The film rarely shifts to interior shots, instead centering its narrative attentions on the activity in this park-like area.’
      • ‘This discomfort gives an edge to the interior scenes.’
      • ‘This Scotsman article shows the first interior shot of an MSP's office in the new Scottish Parliament building that I have seen.’
      • ‘It is in these interior scenes and portraits that art historians have most often claimed to detect the use of the camera.’
      • ‘In the late afternoon and early evening I worked up some more of the interior photographs.’
      • ‘Shadow detail is variable for the many interior scenes.’
      • ‘An illustrated catalogue features never before seen interior photographs of the Kennedy homes as well as seldom seen candid images of the Kennedy family.’
      • ‘Unusually, it does not feature any interior pub scenes and is a pure brand-building exercise.’
      • ‘In a few night interior scenes, actors' hair fades indistinguishably into the dark background.’
      • ‘The most interesting of these choices is shooting the interior scenes of the brokerage firm through blue filters, giving the room an overly bright and tinted feel.’
      • ‘It is in these interior scenes that we witness Singer's true, but often misdirected, strengths.’
      • ‘The film's long interior dialogue scenes, shot on traditional sets, are less convincing.’
      • ‘The few brightly lit interior scenes in the film happen in hospital corridors; these tend to be too bright and look a bit washed out.’
      • ‘Shadow detail isn't the best during the night and dark interior scenes.’
      • ‘Negotiations with various actors for the filming of the interior portion of the film had barely even begun.’
      • ‘You remember looking at the gorgeous interior shots of the house, and then the not so gorgeous shots of your work colleague's husband in his Speedos!’
      • ‘It's quite exciting actually - they are filming mainly interior shots in two houses owned by the university.’
      • ‘Many interior scenes were shot here and, on a Harry Potter Tour, you can see the gigantic, ornate dining room that is the stunning inspiration for Hogwarts Hall.’
  • 2attributive Remote from the coast or frontier; inland.

    ‘the interior jungle regions’
    • ‘Hurricane Charley tossed travel trailers, homes, and boats as it raced through central interior Florida.’
    • ‘Three army helicopters flew to the interior jungles of Jolo to pick up the freed captives, landing in a clearing uphill from the rebel camp.’
    • ‘Whites and some blacks have tended to leave high-immigration cities on the coasts for smaller interior cities in the West and South.’
    • ‘The only solution was to move the interior customs to the coast so as to close the Spanish market to European products and open up a large protected home market to Basque industry.’
    • ‘Probably for the first time ever, we can listen to Chinese peasants from poor interior regions speaking openly and sincerely about their lives.’
    • ‘The region is an interior lowland sheltered from direct marine influences.’
    • ‘We know that climate change reduces fish stocks, increases rainfall in coastal areas and drought in the interior regions, and increases the risk of forest fires.’
    • ‘In the interior rural regions, a hearty breakfast consists of a strip of pork, rice and beans, sweet plantains, and a large steak with fried eggs.’
    • ‘It is not easy to transport material to the interior regions.’
    • ‘The condition in the interior regions of Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and many other States is worse than that which prevailed five decades back in Kerala.’
    • ‘It's a disturbing, yet spiritual, journey; an almost surreal baring of the natural frontier akin to an interior landscape.’
    • ‘However, cowbirds exhibit density-dependent selection of wooded edge versus prairie interior habitats in the region.’
    • ‘The purpose of this study was to identify those climatic factors most important to the production of small grains in the interior region of Alaska.’
    • ‘Later, traders and prospectors penetrated the interior regions seeking gold and slaves.’
    • ‘Toward the eastern coast there is an interior belt of green, hilly country that contains the Cape and Natal midlands.’
    • ‘Crossing these landscapes are the meandering valleys of the rivers Avon, Stour, and Frome that link the south coast with the interior heartland of southern England.’
    • ‘In recent weeks, angry Chinese have reportedly taken to the streets not only in underdeveloped interior regions but also in prosperous coastal areas in the south of the country.’
    • ‘The Muruts, who live in the interior region near the borders of Sarawak and Kalimantan, are agriculturists and hunters, and were once headhunters.’
    • ‘The Johnson site is located midway along a major interior water route, the Inland Waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.’
    • ‘The Foundation operates four hospitals on isolated islands and in the interior regions of Korea where adequate health-care services and facilities are lacking.’
    inland, inshore, upcountry, non-coastal, inner, innermost, central
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  • 3Relating to a country's internal affairs.

    ‘the interior minister’
    • ‘Preparations are underway in Sheffield to protest against the G8 justice and interior ministers' summit.’
    • ‘In the first post-Franco government, Fraga took the post of interior minister.’
    • ‘The interior minister was unable to push these plans through in the coalition negotiations, but the jurisdiction of the BKA was still expanded.’
    • ‘He was also minister of interior affairs from August 9 to 12, 1886.’
    • ‘As interior minister from 2002 to 2004, he fed the media with spectacular police actions and the mass deportation of immigrants.’
    • ‘Post-election violence was expected, and the interior minister was sacked during the campaign for suggesting that civil war might ensue unless the poll were delayed.’
    • ‘The rigorous action by federal interior ministers has led to cross-party protests within the national parliament.’
    • ‘Schily explained afterwards: ‘That is an honour, which is not given to every interior minister.’’
    • ‘Britain was to the fore in pushing for the ratification of more than 30 measures discussed last Thursday by EU home affairs and interior ministers.’
    • ‘Don't forget, he was a former interior minister!’
    • ‘The interior ministers of the EU are calling on the commission to hold further negotiations with Albania, Algeria, China and Turkey.’
    • ‘According to the interior minister, the provincial governor's ‘experience and knowledge’ made him the obvious choice for the post.’
    • ‘While the Argentine interior minister had warned against possible looting resulting from the march, demonstrators made no attempt to seize food.’
    • ‘In a letter to the conference of German interior ministers, Amnesty International comes to similar conclusions regarding the situation in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘This happens when the leadership of a nation neglected interior governance and stressed external affairs.’
    • ‘If one were to apply the same criteria to the immigration policies of the interior ministers, then they too would have to be included in the ban.’
    • ‘He commissioned the interior minister to take measures to ensure there is no repetition of such ‘negative extremist deeds’.’
    • ‘Almost four years after the ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan, the country's interior minister has resigned.’
    • ‘For this reason it is quite possible that there will be no bargaining between the president and the minister of interior affairs - chief secretary for the special services.’
    • ‘The German federal and state interior ministers have encouraged the authorities to carry out ever more arbitrary and illegal actions, in order ensure deportations.’
    internal, home, domestic, national, state, civil, local
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  • 4Existing or taking place in the mind or soul; mental.

    ‘an interior monologue’
    • ‘It is, fittingly, one of his most handmade, personally interior films.’
    • ‘The complement of this is mind/body dualism, the separation of the interior mind of the individual from his/her own material body.’
    • ‘These interior dimensions of the soul live within us at depths that are not accessible to the rational mind.’
    • ‘This conformity consists in being like him; first in his exterior mysteries, which were like sacraments of the interior mysteries he was to bring about in souls.’
    • ‘So Augustine will contrast the interior world of the soul with the external, empirical world and regard that former world as a far more important source of knowledge about God.’
    • ‘Those who decry the Freudian technique as far as our interior mental landscapes go would do well to remember that, whatever his flaws as a scientist, he was a first-rate essayist.’
    • ‘The closed interior world of Mitch's mind resembles too closely the hushed privacy of his new Pontiac; beyond it he feels anxiety and fear.’
    • ‘In a film that plumbs an interior world of sensations and thought, we can almost feel the pressure of the pen on her flesh.’
    • ‘The older techniques also unlock doors in the interior world of the soul.’
    • ‘The metaphorical and poetical use of language creates no exterior visions on stage but interior visions in the minds of the spectators.’
    • ‘I spent many years making mechanicals by hand and they truly are a reflection of the interior mind of their creator.’
    • ‘We have a poverty of soul today, of interior feelings.’
    • ‘He provides us with an interior view of his mind as he sculpts with resin, light and shadow in his dramatic exhibition.’
    • ‘Your interior world is the realm of soul, and the soul-traits that are turned up too high or too low define your spiritual curriculum.’
    • ‘The physical body provided external signs that variously reflected or imposed on the interior soul the state of its moral health.’
    inner, spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional, private, personal, intimate, secret, hidden
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noun

  • 1The inner part of something; the inside.

    ‘the interior has been much restored’
    • ‘An Ilkley firm has won a major contract to design the interior of a prestigious new museum.’
    • ‘Alternatively, it can be switched on when the engine is idle, to heat the car interior.’
    • ‘If this doesn't work, the interior can be converted into a giant bed.’
    • ‘Of course, accessing the interior would be difficult with this in the way, but a light tug, and the bracket comes right off.’
    • ‘Paul chuckled, surveying the leather interior of my car.’
    • ‘I was surprised, yet again, as I saw the interior of the study.’
    • ‘With that in hand, the city advanced $500,000 to start work on the interior.’
    • ‘She studied the interior of the limo, her mouth dropping even more.’
    • ‘The work on the interior of the Church will be completed by early June.’
    • ‘We were too late in the construction process to upgrade the interior of our cabinets to melamine and are now stuck with MDF interiors.’
    • ‘Unlike most new developments, the interior of each property in Abbotts Hill can be tailored according to individual preference.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get excited by the functional, yet bland interior.’
    • ‘Work is currently underway to convert the interior of the shop so that it is identical to the bar in the oscar-winning film.’
    • ‘Splendid as the outside looks, the interior of the builds are very poor.’
    • ‘Against common sense and regulations, the interiors of the cars were built with flammable materials.’
    • ‘The nose and side moldings help offer an aggressive look while the interior of the car is understated and functional.’
    • ‘But the Victorian building has lain vacant ever since, without any sign of works to the interior.’
    • ‘A fire in the interior of a car spreads quickly to the trunk.’
    • ‘The trend is just one example of car interiors becoming much more interesting.’
    • ‘It is thought work to redecorate the interior of the ballroom will start in the next couple of months.’
    inside, inner part, inner area, depths, recesses, bowels, belly
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    1. 1.1 An artistic representation of the inside of a building or room.
      ‘a few still lifes, interiors, and landscapes’
      • ‘Taught by his father, this son, Zephyr, became a painter of portraits and interiors.’
      • ‘His presiding inspirations are Vuillard and Bonnard, masters of the domestic interior, to which he adds a dash of Abstract Expressionist brio.’
      • ‘First let us look more closely and carefully at the architectural details of Vermeer's interiors.’
      • ‘Vuillard's interiors with their strong decorative elements echo those of Matisse.’
      • ‘Vermeer was the high priest of the domestic; inside his sublime interiors even ordinary women can become iconic.’
      • ‘I'll come back to this subject when I've done landscapes, buildings, interiors and flowers.’
      • ‘Jowett's work included landscapes, interiors, and flower pieces in oils and watercolour.’
      • ‘As his work developed, still lifes and interiors of restaurants or wine bars became the classic Caulfield themes.’
  • 2The inland part of a country or region.

    ‘the plains of the interior’
    • ‘Even longer were the hours spent with a torch, scouring the interior of the dark continent with all the fervour of a Christian missionary seeking out the Godless.’
    • ‘Indeed the interior of the continent is a cold desert, by far the largest and coldest on Earth.’
    • ‘Similar temperatures are clocked in Antarctica's frigid interior.’
    • ‘Apecchio is a small town in the interior of the Pesaro region.’
    • ‘The Caribs roamed the heavily forested regions of the interior.’
    • ‘Agricultural capitalism in the interior of early twentieth-century South Africa was still in its brutal youth.’
    • ‘With few European soldiers, in the 1730s and 1740s they created an unofficial empire in the interior of southern India and excluded the British from this region.’
    • ‘In September 1942 the GKO ordered a crash programme for exploration and drilling in the oil regions of the interior.’
    • ‘A forecaster said the reason was that the interior of the country, which was a spring-rain region, was still in the grips of a winter weather pattern.’
    • ‘One of the great, self-made men of the inland, Tom Brinkworth, has a different vision of the interior of this continent from most people.’
    • ‘Wooden shoes are an item of traditional dress among rural dwellers in the interior of the region.’
    • ‘China, for example, must move from its characteristics of the past, as a coastal economy, a coastal region economy, to develop the interior of China.’
    • ‘The development of the interior of the Continent was not only financed but also to a large degree managed from New York.’
    • ‘Repeatedly displaced, Muslim farmers looked for new land in the interior.’
    • ‘Steep hills, mountains, and ravines with narrow areas of flat terrain characterize the interior.’
    • ‘Bertha immersed herself in the social and academic life of Adelaide in the 1930's and had never ventured into the interior of the continent before her marriage.’
    • ‘Americans dreamed of opening the interior of their continent with canals as early as the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘You will travel onboard glass dome train cars through the wild Alaska interior, to experience Nature at its best.’
    • ‘The journey then moves into the interior of the region, providing the most impressive sections of the book.’
    • ‘This development corresponded to the period of expansion into the agricultural territory of the interior.’
    centre, heartland, hinterland
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  • 3The internal affairs of a country.

    ‘the Minister of the Interior’
    • ‘Many senators and the current minister for the interior are members of this party.’
    • ‘The DOS hold nine of the portfolios including ministerial post for the economy, foreign affairs and the interior.’
    • ‘Its members will include the ministers of interior and People's Assembly affairs, as well as three former judges and three independent public figures.’
    • ‘In return, however, it has taken 17 of 30 ministerial posts, including the key positions of foreign affairs, defence and interior.’
    • ‘The ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs are all from the same area.’

Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin, ‘inner’, comparative adjective from inter ‘within’.

Pronunciation

interior

/ɪnˈtɪərɪə/