Definition of interior in US English:

interior

adjective

  • 1Situated within or inside; relating to the inside; inner.

    ‘the interior lighting is not adequate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An interior courtyard with an intimate pool is surrounded by classical and modern sculpture, as if the art is on parade.’
    • ‘Glass lids with interior lighting are optional.’
    • ‘Now he incorporates these techniques - interior courtyards and closed gardens - into modern buildings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The church roof has been repaired and interior redecoration of the inside will start this year in the New Year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm really poor at interior lighting so this is just a very quick test to get an initial idea.’
    • ‘Perfect for a rail collector, the model has its own driver's cab, first class section with reclining seats and interior lighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      ‘a light that is ideal for every interior shot’
      • ‘It is in these interior scenes that we witness Singer's true, but often misdirected, strengths.’
      • ‘The dark interior scenes are particularly maddening, with dull red light, blooming lamp flames, and extremely poor shadow detail.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The film's long interior dialogue scenes, shot on traditional sets, are less convincing.’
      • ‘Unusually, it does not feature any interior pub scenes and is a pure brand-building exercise.’
      • ‘The atmosphere of the interior shots in ‘Pennies from Heaven’ I still remember vividly.’
      • ‘In the late afternoon and early evening I worked up some more of the interior photographs.’
      • ‘The entire film takes place within a small assortment of sets, mostly interior shots.’
      • ‘Then, on the next day, we would come back with the actors and film the interior car shots with them driving.’
      • ‘The film rarely shifts to interior shots, instead centering its narrative attentions on the activity in this park-like area.’
      • ‘It is in these interior scenes and portraits that art historians have most often claimed to detect the use of the camera.’
      • ‘Shadow detail isn't the best during the night and dark interior scenes.’
      • ‘It's quite exciting actually - they are filming mainly interior shots in two houses owned by the university.’
      • ‘Negotiations with various actors for the filming of the interior portion of the film had barely even begun.’
      • ‘This discomfort gives an edge to the 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 few brightly lit interior scenes in the film happen in hospital corridors; these tend to be too bright and look a bit washed out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the interior scenes were set in the domed Moorish ballroom which is now a restaurant.’
      • ‘There are quality issues with the film itself, such as pronounced grain in interior scenes and abject shadow detail.’
      • ‘Shadow detail is variable for the many interior scenes.’
      • ‘In a few night interior scenes, actors' hair fades indistinguishably into the dark background.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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 the first interior shot for many years and highlights the huge task facing the building's new owners.’
      • ‘Many of the film's interior shots are shadowy, with most of the lighting provided by glowing fireplaces, and these scenes looked very warm.’
  • 2Remote from the coast or frontier; inland.

    ‘the interior jungle regions’
    • ‘Toward the eastern coast there is an interior belt of green, hilly country that contains the Cape and Natal midlands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 region is an interior lowland sheltered from direct marine influences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whites and some blacks have tended to leave high-immigration cities on the coasts for smaller interior cities in the West and South.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, cowbirds exhibit density-dependent selection of wooded edge versus prairie interior habitats in the region.’
    • ‘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 Johnson site is located midway along a major interior water route, the Inland Waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Probably for the first time ever, we can listen to Chinese peasants from poor interior regions speaking openly and sincerely about their lives.’
    • ‘The Muruts, who live in the interior region near the borders of Sarawak and Kalimantan, are agriculturists and hunters, and were once headhunters.’
    • ‘The Foundation operates four hospitals on isolated islands and in the interior regions of Korea where adequate health-care services and facilities are lacking.’
    • ‘It's a disturbing, yet spiritual, journey; an almost surreal baring of the natural frontier akin to an interior landscape.’
    • ‘Hurricane Charley tossed travel trailers, homes, and boats as it raced through central interior Florida.’
    inland, inshore, upcountry, non-coastal, inner, innermost, central
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  • 3Relating to internal or domestic affairs.

    ‘the Interior Department’
    • ‘He was also minister of interior affairs from August 9 to 12, 1886.’
    • ‘Schily explained afterwards: ‘That is an honour, which is not given to every interior minister.’’
    • ‘Almost four years after the ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan, the country's interior minister has resigned.’
    • ‘Preparations are underway in Sheffield to protest against the G8 justice and interior ministers' summit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The German federal and state interior ministers have encouraged the authorities to carry out ever more arbitrary and illegal actions, in order ensure deportations.’
    • ‘The rigorous action by federal interior ministers has led to cross-party protests within the national parliament.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't forget, he was a former interior minister!’
    • ‘In a letter to the conference of German interior ministers, Amnesty International comes to similar conclusions regarding the situation in Afghanistan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The interior minister was unable to push these plans through in the coalition negotiations, but the jurisdiction of the BKA was still expanded.’
    • ‘He commissioned the interior minister to take measures to ensure there is no repetition of such ‘negative extremist deeds’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    internal, home, domestic, national, state, civil, local
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  • 4Existing or taking place in the mind or soul; mental.

    ‘an interior monologue’
    • ‘The complement of this is mind/body dualism, the separation of the interior mind of the individual from his/her own material body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In a film that plumbs an interior world of sensations and thought, we can almost feel the pressure of the pen on her flesh.’
    • ‘He provides us with an interior view of his mind as he sculpts with resin, light and shadow in his dramatic exhibition.’
    • ‘We have a poverty of soul today, of interior feelings.’
    • ‘The older techniques also unlock doors in the interior world of the soul.’
    • ‘The physical body provided external signs that variously reflected or imposed on the interior soul the state of its moral health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The metaphorical and poetical use of language creates no exterior visions on stage but interior visions in the minds of the spectators.’
    • ‘It is, fittingly, one of his most handmade, personally interior films.’
    • ‘These interior dimensions of the soul live within us at depths that are not accessible to the rational mind.’
    • ‘I spent many years making mechanicals by hand and they truly are a reflection of the interior mind of their creator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    inner, spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional, private, personal, intimate, secret, hidden
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noun

  • 1The inner or indoor part of something, especially a building; the inside.

    ‘six men painting the outside of her house and three men painting the interior’
    • ‘She studied the interior of the limo, her mouth dropping even more.’
    • ‘If this doesn't work, the interior can be converted into a giant bed.’
    • ‘Against common sense and regulations, the interiors of the cars were built with flammable materials.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get excited by the functional, yet bland interior.’
    • ‘But the Victorian building has lain vacant ever since, without any sign of works to the interior.’
    • ‘We were too late in the construction process to upgrade the interior of our cabinets to melamine and are now stuck with MDF interiors.’
    • ‘The nose and side moldings help offer an aggressive look while the interior of the car is understated and functional.’
    • ‘Splendid as the outside looks, the interior of the builds are very poor.’
    • ‘The trend is just one example of car interiors becoming much more interesting.’
    • ‘Work is currently underway to convert the interior of the shop so that it is identical to the bar in the oscar-winning film.’
    • ‘Alternatively, it can be switched on when the engine is idle, to heat the car interior.’
    • ‘Of course, accessing the interior would be difficult with this in the way, but a light tug, and the bracket comes right off.’
    • ‘With that in hand, the city advanced $500,000 to start work on the interior.’
    • ‘I was surprised, yet again, as I saw the interior of the study.’
    • ‘An Ilkley firm has won a major contract to design the interior of a prestigious new museum.’
    • ‘Unlike most new developments, the interior of each property in Abbotts Hill can be tailored according to individual preference.’
    • ‘The work on the interior of the Church will be completed by early June.’
    • ‘A fire in the interior of a car spreads quickly to the trunk.’
    • ‘Paul chuckled, surveying the leather interior of my car.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘I'll come back to this subject when I've done landscapes, buildings, interiors and flowers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As his work developed, still lifes and interiors of restaurants or wine bars became the classic Caulfield themes.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2The inland part of a country or region.

    ‘the plains of the interior’
    • ‘The journey then moves into the interior of the region, providing the most impressive sections of the book.’
    • ‘Apecchio is a small town in the interior of the Pesaro region.’
    • ‘Agricultural capitalism in the interior of early twentieth-century South Africa was still in its brutal youth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Similar temperatures are clocked in Antarctica's frigid interior.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will travel onboard glass dome train cars through the wild Alaska interior, to experience Nature at its best.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wooden shoes are an item of traditional dress among rural dwellers in the interior of the region.’
    • ‘Indeed the interior of the continent is a cold desert, by far the largest and coldest on Earth.’
    • ‘In September 1942 the GKO ordered a crash programme for exploration and drilling in the oil 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.’
    • ‘Americans dreamed of opening the interior of their continent with canals as early as the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘Steep hills, mountains, and ravines with narrow areas of flat terrain characterize the interior.’
    • ‘This development corresponded to the period of expansion into the agricultural territory of the interior.’
    • ‘The Caribs roamed the heavily forested regions of the interior.’
    centre, heartland, hinterland
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  • 3The internal affairs of a country.

    ‘the Department of the Interior’
    • ‘In return, however, it has taken 17 of 30 ministerial posts, including the key positions of foreign affairs, defence and interior.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its members will include the ministers of interior and People's Assembly affairs, as well as three former judges and three independent public figures.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

interior

/ˌinˈtirēər//ˌɪnˈtɪriər/