Meaning of “exterior” in the English Dictionary

"exterior" in British English

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exterioradjective

uk /ɪkˈstɪə.ri.ər/ us /ɪkˈstɪr.i.ɚ/

on or from the outside:

In some of the villages the exterior walls of the houses are painted pink.
Exterior to the main house there is a small building that could be used as an office or studio.
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  • They usually put a protective coating on the exterior surface of the walls.
  • It can be hard to prove because this type of torture usually leaves no exterior marks.
  • The car had a certain amount of exterior damage, but could be repaired.
  • We'll need to hire a professional window cleaner to do the exterior windows.
  • This practical all-weather jacket has three zipped inside pockets, as well exterior pockets.

exteriornoun [ C ]

uk /ɪkˈstɪə.ri.ər/ us /ɪkˈstɪr.i.ɚ/

C1 the outside part of something or someone:

The Palace of Fontainebleau has a very grand exterior.
The exterior of the house needs painting.
There are shutters on the exterior of the windows.
Behind that cold exterior there's a passionate man.

(Definition of “exterior” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exterior" in American English

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exterioradjective [ not gradable ]

us /ekˈstɪər·i·ər/

outer; on or from the outside:

The exterior walls of the house are painted pink.
exterior
noun [ C ] us /ekˈstɪər·i·ər/

The exterior of the house needs painting.

(Definition of “exterior” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)