noun ter·race \ˈter-əs, ˈte-rəs\

: a flat area created on the side of a hill and used especially for growing crops

: a flat area next to a building where people can sit and relax

: a row of houses that are joined together : a group of row houses

Full Definition of TERRACE

a :  a colonnaded porch or promenade
b :  a flat roof or open platform
c :  a relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building
a :  a raised embankment with the top leveled
b :  one of usually a series of horizontal ridges made in a hillside to increase cultivatable land, conserve moisture, or minimize erosion
:  a level ordinarily narrow plain usually with steep front bordering a river, lake, or sea; also :  a similar undersea feature
a :  a row of houses or apartments on raised ground or a sloping site
b :  a group of row houses
c :  a strip of park in the middle of a street often planted with trees or shrubs
d :  street
:  a section of a British soccer stadium set aside for standing spectators

Examples of TERRACE

  1. rice growing in hillside terraces
  2. For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.

Origin of TERRACE

Middle French, platform, terrace, from Old French, from Old Occitan terrassa, from terra earth, from Latin, earth, land; akin to Latin torrēre to parch — more at thirst
First Known Use: 1515

Related to TERRACE

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

Rhymes with TERRACE


transitive verb

Definition of TERRACE

:  to provide (as a building or hillside) with a terrace
:  to make into a terrace

First Known Use of TERRACE


Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot


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