- The definition of inner is something related to the inside, the spirit or private things.
- An example of inner is where the stomach is located.
- An example of inner are thoughts in the mind.
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- located farther within; interior; internal: inner organs
- of the mind or spirit: inner peace
- more intimate, central, or secret: inner emotions
Origin: Middle English from Old English innerra, comparative of inne, within, in
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- Located or occurring farther inside: an inner room; an inner layer of warm clothing.
- Less apparent; deeper: the inner meaning of a poem.
- Of or relating to the mind or spirit: “Beethoven's manuscript looks like a bloody record of a tremendous inner battle” (Leonard Bernstein).
- More exclusive, influential, or important: the inner circles of government.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English innera; see en in Indo-European roots.
- inˈner noun
- inˈner·ly adverb & adj.
- inˈner·ness noun