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"Interior" is an adjective which is often translated as "interior", and "exterior" is an adjective which is often translated as "outside". Learn more about the difference between "interior" and "exterior" below.
interior(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of or in the inside)
a. interior
Las paredes interiores están decoradas con mosaicos.The interior walls are decorated with mosaics.
b. inside
Siempre pongo la billetera en los bolsillos interiores del saco.I always keep my wallet in the inside pockets of my coat.
c. inner
La belleza interior importa más que la exterior.Inner beauty matters more than outer beauty.
2. (geography)
a. inland
La pesca en el mar interior está prohibida.Fishing in the inland sea is forbidden.
3. (national)
a. domestic
El gobierno logró estimular el consumo interior.The government managed to stimulate the domestic consumption.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (inner part)
a. interior
El interior de la casa está pintado en dos colores.The interior of the house is painted in two colors.
b. inside
El interior del castillo es de estilo gótico.The inside of the castle is of Gothic style.
5. (geography)
a. interior
Hay más gente viviendo en la costa que en el interior.There are more people living on the coast than in the interior.
b. inland
Yo nací en una ciudad de la frontera, pero mi esposa es del interior.I was born in a city on the border, but my wife is from inland.
6. (soul)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
El amor proviene del interior.Love comes from within.
Se notaba que en el interior tenía mucha pena por su hija.You could see that deep down she was very sad about her daughter.
b. inside
Se veía feliz, pero en el interior estaba sufriendo.She looked happy, but on the inside she was suffering.
7.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(ministry)
a. Ministry of the Interior
Fuentes de Interior confirmaron que no hubo víctimas en el atentado.Sources from the Ministry of the Interior confirmed there were no casualties in the attack.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
8. (sports)
a. midfielder
El interior derecho metió el gol de la victoria.The right midfielder scored the winner.
interiores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (cinema)
a. interior shots
Está lloviendo, así que hoy vamos a filmar los interiores.It's raining, so today we're going to take the interior shots.
10. (clothing)
Regionalism used in Colombia
(Colombia)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
a. underwear
Normalmente uso interiores blancos.I usually wear white underwear.
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exterior(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (located outside)
a. outside
La pared exterior necesita pintura.The outside wall needs painting.
b. external
Tenemos que aislar mejor las paredes exteriores de la casa.We need to insulate the external walls of the house better.
c. outer
No hay que cortar la capa exterior de la tela.The outer layer of the fabric must not be cut.
d. exterior
Descubre el mundo de la iluminación exterior.Discover the world of exterior lighting.
e. outdoor
El hotel cuenta con dos albercas exteriores y una techada.The hotel has two outdoor swimming pools and one indoor one.
2. (with outside view)
a. outward-facing
Decidimos comprar un departamento exterior.We decided to buy an outward-facing apartment.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Busco una habitación exterior.I'm looking for a room that faces on to the street.
Me dieron una habitación exterior en el hotel.The hotel room I was given faced onto the street.
3. (politics)
a. foreign
El país solicitó ayuda exterior tras el terremoto.The country requested foreign assistance following the earthquake.
4. (commerce)
a. foreign
Cada vez existen más regulaciones en el comercio exterior.There are more and more regulations relating to foreign trade.
b. overseas
El gerente exterior está a cargo de todas las ventas en Europa.The overseas manager is in charge of all sales in Europe.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
5. (external location)
a. outside
Los prisioneros tienen prohibido comunicarse con el exterior.Prisoners are not allowed to communicate with the outside.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
La mayoría de nuestros clientes están en el exterior del país.Most of our clients are based outside the country.
El estacionamiento de visitas está en el exterior de la privada.Visitor parking is located outside of the private driveway.
6. (outside surface)
a. exterior
El exterior del edificio es muy atractivo y el interior lo es también.The exterior of the building is very attractive, and the interior is too.
b. outside
El código se encuentra en el exterior del paquete.You'll find the code on the outside of the packet.
7. (way someone looks)
a. outward appearance
Su exterior refleja su paz interna.Her outward appearance reflects her inner peace.
8. (foreign countries)
a. abroad
La empresa abrirá sucursales en el exterior.The company is to open branches abroad.
b. overseas
Se enviará ayuda alimentaria al exterior.Food aid will be sent overseas.
exteriores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (film and television)
a. location (places)
Este equipo es muy útil para la grabación de sonido en exteriores.This equipment is very useful for recording sound on location.
b. location shots (sequences)
Fue todo un reto rodar los exteriores de la película.Filming the movie's location shots was quite a challenge.
c. outside shots (sequences)
El rodaje de la película fue rápido porque no hubo exteriores.Shooting the movie was quick because there weren't any outside shots.
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