outside Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “outside” - English Dictionary

"outside" in American English

See all translations

outsidenoun [U]

 us   /ˈɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside noun [U] (OUTER PART)

the outer part of something, or the area or side that faces out or can be seen: She stood in the snow on the outside, watching him.

outsidepreposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside preposition, adjective, adverb [not gradable] (NOT PART OF SOMETHING)

not within or part of something: I live just outside (of) Baltimore. Cars, movies, and radio linked small towns to the outside world.
outside of
Outside of means other than or except for: There are few cities outside of Boston, New York, and Chicago where baseball fans get this excited.

outsideadjective

 us   /ˌɑʊtˈsɑɪd, ˈɑʊtˌsɑɪd/
  • outside adjective (SLIGHT)

slight, small, or unlikely: There’s an outside chance that Boston will make it to the playoffs.
(Definition of outside from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"outside" in British English

See all translations

outsideadjective, adverb, preposition

uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/  us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/  /ˈaʊt.saɪd/
A1 not inside a building: It was a sunny day outside. Since it's such a nice day, let's eat/sit/go outside. an outside light/toilet
C1 [before noun] coming from another place or organization: The company has called in outside experts.
outside call/line
a phone call or connection going outside the place where you are
[before noun] the most that would be accepted or possible: The outside limit/figure would be $350.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

outsideadverb, preposition

uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/  us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/
A2 not in a particular building or room, but near it: She sat for two hours on the floor outside his room.
A2 not in a particular place: Nobody outside this room must ever know what we have discussed.
not within or part of something: I'm afraid that would be outside my job description.
outside of mainly US
except for: Outside of us three, no one knows anything about the problem, yet.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

outsidenoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/ /ˈaʊt.saɪd/  us   /ˌaʊtˈsaɪd/  /ˈaʊt.saɪd/

outsideadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈaʊt.saɪd/  us   /ˈaʊt.saɪd/
(Definition of outside from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of outside?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
That’s fantastic! (Words meaning ‘very good’)
by ,
May 18, 2016
by Kate Woodford We all need words and phrases for saying that things are good or great – that we find them nice or very nice. This post aims to give you more ways to say that you like, or really like, something. Starting with a very frequent adjective; lovely is used a lot in UK English

Read More 

Word of the Day

parasol

a type of sunshade (= round frame covered in cloth on a stick) carried especially by women in the past, to give protection from the sun

Word of the Day

convo noun
convo noun
May 23, 2016
informal a conversation The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

Read More