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Definition of exterior noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    exterior

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪkˈstɪəriə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈstɪriər//
     
    Parts of a house, Construction, Structures
     
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  1. 1[countable] the outside of something, especially a building The exterior of the house needs painting. opposite interior See related entries: Parts of a house, Construction, Structures
  2. 2[singular] the way that somebody appears or behaves, especially when this is very different from their real feelings or character Beneath his confident exterior, he was desperately nervous.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent.: from Latin, comparative of exter ‘outer’.Extra examples Beneath her charming exterior lies a very determined woman. Her calm exterior hides very passionate feelings. Hidden behind a plain exterior is a wonderful hotel. His bluff exterior belied a connoisseur of antiques. There is an abundance of fine sculpture, both on the exterior and inside. the exterior of the building
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