Definition of interior in English:



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

    ‘the interior lighting is not adequate’
    • ‘They also have a proprietary coating that reflects radiant interior heat back inside to help you stay warm in winter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And he liked the other clerks, who still played basketball together and gathered for weekly happy hours at the court's interior courtyards.’
    • ‘If this is not possible, take shelter inside a windowless, interior room in the house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now he incorporates these techniques - interior courtyards and closed gardens - into modern buildings.’
    • ‘It's the perfect way to unite interior sophistication with inner child.’
    • ‘The church roof has been repaired and interior redecoration of the inside will start this year in the New Year.’
    • ‘Among the house's unusual features is a small interior courtyard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Glass lids with interior lighting are optional.’
    • ‘There are outdoor hallways around an interior courtyard.’
    • ‘I'm really poor at interior lighting so this is just a very quick test to get an initial idea.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moments later the door was lying in the courtyard and officers burst inside through an interior set of double glass doors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perfect for a rail collector, the model has its own driver's cab, first class section with reclining seats and interior lighting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An interior courtyard with an intimate pool is surrounded by classical and modern sculpture, as if the art is on parade.’
    inside, inner, internal, intramural
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    1. 1.1technical [predicative]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. 1.2Drawn, photographed, etc., within a building.
      ‘a light that is ideal for every interior shot’
      • ‘The entire film takes place within a small assortment of sets, mostly interior shots.’
      • ‘An illustrated catalogue features never before seen interior photographs of the Kennedy homes as well as seldom seen candid images of the Kennedy family.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the late afternoon and early evening I worked up some more of the interior photographs.’
      • ‘It is the first interior shot for many years and highlights the huge task facing the building's new owners.’
  • 2[attributive] Remote from the coast or frontier; inland.

    ‘the interior jungle 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.’
    • ‘Probably for the first time ever, we can listen to Chinese peasants from poor interior regions speaking openly and sincerely about their lives.’
    • ‘The Johnson site is located midway along a major interior water route, the Inland Waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Toward the eastern coast there is an interior belt of green, hilly country that contains the Cape and Natal midlands.’
    • ‘Later, traders and prospectors penetrated the interior regions seeking gold and slaves.’
    • ‘It's a disturbing, yet spiritual, journey; an almost surreal baring of the natural frontier akin to an interior landscape.’
    • ‘The Foundation operates four hospitals on isolated islands and in the interior regions of Korea where adequate health-care services and facilities are lacking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is not easy to transport material to the interior regions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whites and some blacks have tended to leave high-immigration cities on the coasts for smaller interior cities in the West and South.’
    • ‘However, cowbirds exhibit density-dependent selection of wooded edge versus prairie interior habitats in the region.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hurricane Charley tossed travel trailers, homes, and boats as it raced through central interior Florida.’
    • ‘The region is an interior lowland sheltered from direct marine influences.’
    • ‘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.’
    inland, inshore, upcountry, non-coastal, inner, innermost, central
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    1. 2.1Relating to internal or domestic affairs.
      ‘the Interior Department’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a letter to the conference of German interior ministers, Amnesty International comes to similar conclusions regarding the situation in Afghanistan.’
      • ‘The interior ministers of the EU are calling on the commission to hold further negotiations with Albania, Algeria, China and Turkey.’
      • ‘Almost four years after the ‘liberation’ of Afghanistan, the country's interior minister has resigned.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The interior minister was unable to push these plans through in the coalition negotiations, but the jurisdiction of the BKA was still expanded.’
      • ‘In the first post-Franco government, Fraga took the post of interior minister.’
      • ‘While the Argentine interior minister had warned against possible looting resulting from the march, demonstrators made no attempt to seize food.’
      • ‘According to the interior minister, the provincial governor's ‘experience and knowledge’ made him the obvious choice for the post.’
      • ‘Don't forget, he was a former interior minister!’
      • ‘Preparations are underway in Sheffield to protest against the G8 justice and interior ministers' summit.’
      • ‘Schily explained afterwards: ‘That is an honour, which is not given to every interior minister.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As interior minister from 2002 to 2004, he fed the media with spectacular police actions and the mass deportation of immigrants.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He commissioned the interior minister to take measures to ensure there is no repetition of such ‘negative extremist deeds’.’
      • ‘He was also minister of interior affairs from August 9 to 12, 1886.’
      • ‘This happens when the leadership of a nation neglected interior governance and stressed external affairs.’
      • ‘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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  • 3Existing or taking place in the mind or soul; mental.

    ‘an interior monologue’
    • ‘The metaphorical and poetical use of language creates no exterior visions on stage but interior visions in the minds of the spectators.’
    • ‘The older techniques also unlock doors in the interior world of the soul.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘It is, fittingly, one of his most handmade, personally interior films.’
    • ‘We have a poverty of soul today, of interior feelings.’
    • ‘These interior dimensions of the soul live within us at depths that are not accessible to the rational mind.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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  • 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’
    • ‘An Ilkley firm has won a major contract to design the interior of a prestigious new museum.’
    • ‘Against common sense and regulations, the interiors of the cars were built with flammable materials.’
    • ‘Work is currently underway to convert the interior of the shop so that it is identical to the bar in the oscar-winning film.’
    • ‘If this doesn't work, the interior can be converted into a giant bed.’
    • ‘But the Victorian building has lain vacant ever since, without any sign of works to the interior.’
    • ‘Alternatively, it can be switched on when the engine is idle, to heat the car interior.’
    • ‘It is thought work to redecorate the interior of the ballroom will start in the next couple of months.’
    • ‘Don't expect to get excited by the functional, yet bland interior.’
    • ‘Of course, accessing the interior would be difficult with this in the way, but a light tug, and the bracket comes right off.’
    • ‘Unlike most new developments, the interior of each property in Abbotts Hill can be tailored according to individual preference.’
    • ‘The trend is just one example of car interiors becoming much more interesting.’
    • ‘She studied the interior of the limo, her mouth dropping even more.’
    • ‘I was surprised, yet again, as I saw the interior of the study.’
    • ‘A fire in the interior of a car spreads quickly to the trunk.’
    • ‘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 work on the interior of the Church will be completed by early June.’
    • ‘Splendid as the outside looks, the interior of the builds are very poor.’
    • ‘With that in hand, the city advanced $500,000 to start work on the interior.’
    • ‘Paul chuckled, surveying the leather interior of my car.’
    • ‘The nose and side moldings help offer an aggressive look while the interior of the car is understated and functional.’
    inside, inner part, inner area, depths, recesses, bowels, belly
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    1. 1.1An artistic representation of the inside of a building or room.
      ‘a few still lifes, interiors, and landscapes’
      • ‘First let us look more closely and carefully at the architectural details of Vermeer's 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.’
      • ‘His presiding inspirations are Vuillard and Bonnard, masters of the domestic interior, to which he adds a dash of Abstract Expressionist brio.’
      • ‘I'll come back to this subject when I've done landscapes, buildings, interiors and flowers.’
      • ‘Taught by his father, this son, Zephyr, became a painter of portraits and interiors.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Repeatedly displaced, Muslim farmers looked for new land in the interior.’
    • ‘Indeed the interior of the continent is a cold desert, by far the largest and coldest on Earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Americans dreamed of opening the interior of their continent with canals as early as the eighteenth century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The development of the interior of the Continent was not only financed but also to a large degree managed from New York.’
    • ‘Similar temperatures are clocked in Antarctica's frigid interior.’
    • ‘You will travel onboard glass dome train cars through the wild Alaska interior, to experience Nature at its best.’
    • ‘Apecchio is a small town in the interior of the Pesaro region.’
    • ‘Wooden shoes are an item of traditional dress among rural dwellers in the interior of the region.’
    • ‘This development corresponded to the period of expansion into the agricultural territory 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.’
    • ‘The Caribs roamed the heavily forested regions of the interior.’
    • ‘The journey then moves into the interior of the region, providing the most impressive sections of the book.’
    • ‘Agricultural capitalism in the interior of early twentieth-century South Africa was still in its brutal youth.’
    centre, heartland, hinterland
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    1. 2.1The internal affairs of a country.
      ‘the Department of 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.’
      • ‘The ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs are all from the same area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In return, however, it has taken 17 of 30 ministerial posts, including the key positions of foreign affairs, defence and interior.’


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