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

  • n. A student or a recent graduate undergoing supervised practical training.
  • n. A physician who has recently graduated from medical school and is learning medical practice in a hospital under supervision, prior to beginning a residency program.
  • n. One who is interned; an internee.
  • intransitive v. To train or serve as an intern.
  • transitive v. To confine, especially in wartime.
  • adj. Archaic Internal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who is interned, forceably or voluntarily.
  • v. To imprison somebody, usually without trial.
  • v. To internalize.
  • v. To work as an intern. Usually with little or no pay or other legal prerogatives of employment, for the purpose of furthering a program of education.
  • adj. Internal.
  • n. A student or recent graduate who works in order to gain experience in their chosen field
  • n. A med student or recently graduated medical student working in a hospital as a final part of medical training

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Internal.
  • transitive v. To put for safe keeping in the interior of a place or country; to confine to one locality.
  • transitive v. To hold until the end of a war, as enemy citizens in a country at the time of outbreak of hostilities; -- an action performed by countries.
  • n. A resident physician in a hospital, especially one who has recently received the Doctorate and is practising under supervision of experienced physicians, as a continuation of the training process; a house physician; also called houseman in Britain.
  • n. A person working as an apprentice to gain experience in an occupation; sometimes the position is paid a salary, and other times it is not.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Internal.
  • n. An inmate, as of a school; especially, an assistant resident physician or surgeon in a hospital, usually a student or recent graduate, acting in the absence of the attending physician or surgeon.
  • To send into the interior of a country, as merchandise.
  • To confine within fixed or prescribed limits; specifically, to cause to reside in an interior locality without permission to leave it.
  • Specifically, to confine (a ship of a belligerent) in a neutral port into which it may put: a duty of the neutral power, under the provisions of international law, in time of war.

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

  • v. work as an intern
  • n. an advanced student or graduate in medicine gaining supervised practical experience (`houseman' is a British term)
  • v. deprive of freedom


French interne, from Latin internus, internal; see internal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French interner, from interne ("inner, internal"), from Latin internus ("within, internal"), compare Etymology 2 (Wiktionary)
From French interne 'inner, internal', from Latin internus "within, internal", from inter "between"; compare etymology 1 (Wiktionary)



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  • Sister Michael . . . was an "extern." There were six externs at the convent, negotiating with the outside world on behalf of the "interns"—the ones who never left, who spent their days, day after day, until they died, in prayer and contemplation.
    Kate Atkinson, Case Histories (New York: Little Brown & Co., 2004), p. 224.

    May 30, 2016