(noun, adjective)


1. happening or arising or located outside or beyond some limits or especially surface

- the external auditory canal

- external pressures

Similar word(s): outer, outside, outside

2. coming from the outside

Similar word(s): extrinsic, extraneous, outside

3. from or between other countries

- external commerce

Similar word(s): foreign, international, outside

4. purely outward or superficial

- external composure

- an external concern for reputation

Similar word(s): outward

Sentences with external as an adjective:

- This building has some external pipework.

- external trade or commerce; the external relations of a state or kingdom


1. outward features

- he enjoyed the solemn externals of religion

Definition categories: thought, characteristic, feature