Definition of interior in English:

interior

adjective

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

    ‘the interior lighting is not adequate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If this is not possible, take shelter inside a windowless, interior room in the house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's the perfect way to unite interior sophistication with inner child.’
    • ‘Perfect for a rail collector, the model has its own driver's cab, first class section with reclining seats and interior lighting.’
    • ‘And he liked the other clerks, who still played basketball together and gathered for weekly happy hours at the court's interior courtyards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They also have a proprietary coating that reflects radiant interior heat back inside to help you stay warm in winter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now he incorporates these techniques - interior courtyards and closed gardens - into modern buildings.’
    • ‘Among the house's unusual features is a small interior courtyard.’
    • ‘Moments later the door was lying in the courtyard and officers burst inside through an interior set of double glass doors.’
    • ‘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 church roof has been repaired and interior redecoration of the inside will start this year in the New Year.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Shadow detail is variable for the many interior scenes.’
      • ‘The entire film takes place within a small assortment of sets, mostly interior shots.’
      • ‘Many of the film's interior shots are shadowy, with most of the lighting provided by glowing fireplaces, and these scenes looked very warm.’
      • ‘The film's long interior dialogue scenes, shot on traditional sets, are less convincing.’
      • ‘In the late afternoon and early evening I worked up some more of the interior photographs.’
      • ‘It is in these interior scenes that we witness Singer's true, but often misdirected, strengths.’
      • ‘In a few night interior scenes, actors' hair fades indistinguishably into the dark background.’
      • ‘Then, on the next day, we would come back with the actors and film the interior car shots with them driving.’
      • ‘It is the first interior shot for many years and highlights the huge task facing the building's new owners.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Negotiations with various actors for the filming of the interior portion of the film had barely even begun.’
      • ‘Unusually, it does not feature any interior pub scenes and is a pure brand-building exercise.’
      • ‘It's quite exciting actually - they are filming mainly interior shots in two houses owned by the university.’
      • ‘There are quality issues with the film itself, such as pronounced grain in interior scenes and abject shadow detail.’
      • ‘This discomfort gives an edge to the interior scenes.’
      • ‘Some of the interior scenes were set in the domed Moorish ballroom which is now a restaurant.’
      • ‘The atmosphere of the interior shots in ‘Pennies from Heaven’ I still remember vividly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film rarely shifts to interior shots, instead centering its narrative attentions on the activity in this park-like area.’
      • ‘Shadow detail isn't the best during the night and dark 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.’
      • ‘The dark interior scenes are particularly maddening, with dull red light, blooming lamp flames, and extremely poor shadow detail.’
      • ‘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 is in these interior scenes and portraits that art historians have most often claimed to detect the use of the camera.’
      • ‘This Scotsman article shows the first interior shot of an MSP's office in the new Scottish Parliament building that I have seen.’
  • 2attributive Remote from the coast or frontier; inland.

    ‘the interior jungle regions’
    • ‘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 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 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.’
    • ‘The region is an interior lowland sheltered from direct marine influences.’
    • ‘However, cowbirds exhibit density-dependent selection of wooded edge versus prairie interior habitats in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Foundation operates four hospitals on isolated islands and in the interior regions of Korea where adequate health-care services and facilities are lacking.’
    • ‘Whites and some blacks have tended to leave high-immigration cities on the coasts for smaller interior cities in the West and South.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Later, traders and prospectors penetrated the interior regions seeking gold and slaves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hurricane Charley tossed travel trailers, homes, and boats as it raced through central interior Florida.’
    • ‘Toward the eastern coast there is an interior belt of green, hilly country that contains the Cape and Natal midlands.’
    • ‘The Muruts, who live in the interior region near the borders of Sarawak and Kalimantan, are agriculturists and hunters, and were once headhunters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not easy to transport material to the interior regions.’
    • ‘Probably for the first time ever, we can listen to Chinese peasants from poor interior regions speaking openly and sincerely about their lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Johnson site is located midway along a major interior water route, the Inland Waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.’
    • ‘It's a disturbing, yet spiritual, journey; an almost surreal baring of the natural frontier akin to an interior landscape.’
    inland, inshore, upcountry, non-coastal, inner, innermost, central
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  • 3Relating to a country's internal affairs.

    ‘the interior minister’
    • ‘In a letter to the conference of German interior ministers, Amnesty International comes to similar conclusions regarding the situation in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘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 rigorous action by federal interior ministers has led to cross-party protests within the national parliament.’
    • ‘Preparations are underway in Sheffield to protest against the G8 justice and interior ministers' summit.’
    • ‘He was also minister of interior affairs from August 9 to 12, 1886.’
    • ‘He commissioned the interior minister to take measures to ensure there is no repetition of such ‘negative extremist deeds’.’
    • ‘Schily explained afterwards: ‘That is an honour, which is not given to every 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Almost four years after the ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan, the country's interior minister has resigned.’
    • ‘This happens when the leadership of a nation neglected interior governance and stressed external affairs.’
    • ‘While the Argentine interior minister had warned against possible looting resulting from the march, demonstrators made no attempt to seize food.’
    • ‘The interior ministers of the EU are calling on the commission to hold further negotiations with Albania, Algeria, China and Turkey.’
    • ‘As interior minister from 2002 to 2004, he fed the media with spectacular police actions and the mass deportation of immigrants.’
    • ‘The German federal and state interior ministers have encouraged the authorities to carry out ever more arbitrary and illegal actions, in order ensure deportations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the first post-Franco government, Fraga took the post of interior minister.’
    • ‘According to the interior minister, the provincial governor's ‘experience and knowledge’ made him the obvious choice for the post.’
    • ‘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!’
    internal, home, domestic, national, state, civil, local
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  • 4Existing or taking place in the mind or soul; mental.

    ‘an interior monologue’
    • ‘In a film that plumbs an interior world of sensations and thought, we can almost feel the pressure of the pen on her flesh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He provides us with an interior view of his mind as he sculpts with resin, light and shadow in his dramatic exhibition.’
    • ‘The metaphorical and poetical use of language creates no exterior visions on stage but interior visions in the minds of the spectators.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is, fittingly, one of his most handmade, personally interior films.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These interior dimensions of the soul live within us at depths that are not accessible to the rational mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The complement of this is mind/body dualism, the separation of the interior mind of the individual from his/her own material body.’
    • ‘I spent many years making mechanicals by hand and they truly are a reflection of the interior mind of their creator.’
    • ‘The physical body provided external signs that variously reflected or imposed on the interior soul the state of its moral health.’
    • ‘The older techniques also unlock doors in the interior world of the soul.’
    • ‘We have a poverty of soul today, of interior feelings.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Alternatively, it can be switched on when the engine is idle, to heat the car interior.’
    • ‘She studied the interior of the limo, her mouth dropping even more.’
    • ‘Work is currently underway to convert the interior of the shop so that it is identical to the bar in the oscar-winning film.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get excited by the functional, yet bland interior.’
    • ‘If this doesn't work, the interior can be converted into a giant bed.’
    • ‘We were too late in the construction process to upgrade the interior of our cabinets to melamine and are now stuck with MDF interiors.’
    • ‘But the Victorian building has lain vacant ever since, without any sign of works to the interior.’
    • ‘Paul chuckled, surveying the leather interior of my car.’
    • ‘An Ilkley firm has won a major contract to design the interior of a prestigious new museum.’
    • ‘It is thought work to redecorate the interior of the ballroom will start in the next couple of months.’
    • ‘Splendid as the outside looks, the interior of the builds are very poor.’
    • ‘Unlike most new developments, the interior of each property in Abbotts Hill can be tailored according to individual preference.’
    • ‘I was surprised, yet again, as I saw the interior of the study.’
    • ‘Against common sense and regulations, the interiors of the cars were built with flammable materials.’
    • ‘Of course, accessing the interior would be difficult with this in the way, but a light tug, and the bracket comes right off.’
    • ‘The nose and side moldings help offer an aggressive look while the interior of the car is understated and functional.’
    • ‘The work on the interior of the Church will be completed by early June.’
    • ‘The trend is just one example of car interiors becoming much more interesting.’
    • ‘A fire in the interior of a car spreads quickly to the trunk.’
    • ‘With that in hand, the city advanced $500,000 to start work on the interior.’
    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’
      • ‘As his work developed, still lifes and interiors of restaurants or wine bars became the classic Caulfield themes.’
      • ‘His presiding inspirations are Vuillard and Bonnard, masters of the domestic interior, to which he adds a dash of Abstract Expressionist brio.’
      • ‘Taught by his father, this son, Zephyr, became a painter of portraits and interiors.’
      • ‘Jowett's work included landscapes, interiors, and flower pieces in oils and watercolour.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'll come back to this subject when I've done landscapes, buildings, interiors and flowers.’
      • ‘Vermeer was the high priest of the domestic; inside his sublime interiors even ordinary women can become iconic.’
  • 2The inland part of a country or region.

    ‘the plains of the interior’
    • ‘Indeed the interior of the continent is a cold desert, by far the largest and coldest on Earth.’
    • ‘Repeatedly displaced, Muslim farmers looked for new land in the interior.’
    • ‘In September 1942 the GKO ordered a crash programme for exploration and drilling in the oil regions of the interior.’
    • ‘The Caribs roamed the heavily forested regions of the interior.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will travel onboard glass dome train cars through the wild Alaska interior, to experience Nature at its best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Americans dreamed of opening the interior of their continent with canals as early as the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘The journey then moves into the interior of the region, providing the most impressive sections of the book.’
    • ‘Steep hills, mountains, and ravines with narrow areas of flat terrain characterize the interior.’
    • ‘The development of the interior of the Continent was not only financed but also to a large degree managed from New York.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apecchio is a small town in the interior of the Pesaro region.’
    • ‘This development corresponded to the period of expansion into the agricultural territory of the interior.’
    • ‘Wooden shoes are an item of traditional dress among rural dwellers in the interior of the region.’
    • ‘Agricultural capitalism in the interior of early twentieth-century South Africa was still in its brutal youth.’
    • ‘Similar temperatures are clocked in Antarctica's frigid interior.’
    centre, heartland, hinterland
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  • 3The internal affairs of a country.

    ‘the Minister of the Interior’
    • ‘In return, however, it has taken 17 of 30 ministerial posts, including the key positions of foreign affairs, defence and 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.’
    • ‘The DOS hold nine of the portfolios including ministerial post for the economy, foreign affairs and the interior.’
    • ‘Many senators and the current minister for the interior are members of this party.’
    • ‘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/