terra

noun
ter·​ra | \ ˈter-ə How to pronounce terra (audio) \
plural terrae\ ˈter-​(ˌ)ē How to pronounce terrae (audio) , -​ˌī \

Definition of terra

: any of the relatively light-colored highland areas on the surface of the moon or a planet

First Known Use of terra

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terra

New Latin, from Latin, land

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about terra

Time Traveler for terra

Time Traveler

The first known use of terra was in 1946

See more words from the same year

Statistics for terra

Cite this Entry

“Terra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on terra

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with terra

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about terra

Comments on terra

What made you want to look up terra? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Obscure Shapes

  • a pile of three dimensional shapes in green
  • Something that is ooid is shaped like:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!