1. Outer; external: the exterior door.
2. Originating or acting from the outside: exterior influences on the negotiations.
3. Suitable for use outside: an exterior paint.
1. A part or a surface that is outside: the exterior of the house.
2. An external or outward appearance: a friendly exterior.
a. A representation of the outdoors for use on a soundstage or in a theater: The artist painted exteriors for the film.
b. A scene for a movie or television program that is filmed outdoors: The exteriors for the film were shot in the mountains of New Zealand.
[Latin, comparative of exter, outward; see eghs in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.