exterior noun

1 outside of a building

ADJ. elegant | plain

PREP. behind an/the ~ Hidden behind a plain exterior is a wonderful hotel. | on the ~ There is an abundance of fine sculpture, both on the exterior and inside.

2 sb's outward behaviour

ADJ. bland, bluff, calm, charming, confident, cool, glacial Her calm exterior hides very passionate feelings.

EXTERIOR + VERB belie, conceal, hide His bluff exterior belied a connoisseur of antiques.

PREP. behind sb's ~ Behind his cool exterior lurks a reckless and frustrated person. | beneath/underneath sb's ~ Beneath her charming exterior lies a very determined woman.