terra firma

noun

ter·​ra fir·​ma ˌter-ə-ˈfər-mə How to pronounce terra firma (audio)
 also  -ˈfir-
: dry land : solid ground

Example Sentences

after that nightmarish storm, the sailors were grateful to reach terra firma
Recent Examples on the Web Pull your head out of the clouds and plant your feet back on terra firma. The Astrotwins, ELLE, 30 Nov. 2022 If Jet Runway Café is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 If Jet Runway Café is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 Small wonder this more expansive enterprise sticks to open-air terra firma. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 29 Aug. 2022 If Jet Runway Café is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 Back on terra firma with Dulawen, there's time for a stroll around the Jubail boardwalks as the sun sinks into an orange sky. Barry Neild, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 If Jet Runway Café is owner Mike Linder’s love letter to aviation and YOT Bar & Kitchen is his mash note to the sea, then his newest restaurant, South PMP, is securely on terra firma. Phillip Valys, Sun Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2022 But against otherwise rosy assessments, that last detail could sooner or later harm life back on terra firma. Leonard David, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, solid land

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of terra firma was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Terra firma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20firma. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

terra firma

noun

ter·​ra fir·​ma
-ˈfər-mə
: dry land : solid ground
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