from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An interval of time between one event, process, or period and another.
  • adj. Belonging to, serving during, or taking place during an intermediate interval of time; temporary: an interim agreement. See Synonyms at temporary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. transitional
  • adj. temporary
  • n. A transitional or temporary period between other events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The meantime; time intervening; interval between events, etc.
  • n. A name given to each of three compromises made by the emperor Charles V. of Germany for the sake of harmonizing the connecting opinions of Protestants and Catholics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the mean while; meantime.
  • n. The mean time; time intervening.
  • n. A provisional arrangement for the settlement of religious differences between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Germany during the Reformation epoch, pending a definite settlement by a church council.
  • Belonging to or connected with an intervening period of time; temporary: as, an interim order.
  • n. Something done in an interval.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the time between one event, process, or period and another
  • adj. serving during an intermediate interval of time


From Latin, in the meantime; see en in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin interimĀ ("meanwhile") (Wiktionary)



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