noun \tə-ˈrān also te-\

: land of a particular kind

Full Definition of TERRAIN

a (1) :  a geographic area (2) :  a piece of land :  ground
b :  the physical features of a tract of land
:  terrane 1
a :  a field of knowledge or interest :  territory
b :  environment, milieu

Examples of TERRAIN

  1. We had to drive over some rough terrain.
  2. We hiked through a variety of terrains.

Origin of TERRAIN

French, land, ground, from Old French terrein, from Vulgar Latin *terranum, alteration of Latin terrenum, from neuter of terrenus of earth — more at terrene
First Known Use: 1766

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


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