ter·​race | \ ˈter-əs , ˈte-rəs\

Definition of terrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building
b : a colonnaded porch or promenade
c : a flat roof or open platform
2a : one of usually a series of horizontal ridges made in a hillside to increase cultivatable land, conserve moisture, or minimize erosion
b : a raised embankment with the top leveled
3 : a level ordinarily narrow plain usually with steep front bordering a river, lake, or sea also : a similar undersea feature
4a : 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
5 : a section of a British soccer stadium set aside for standing spectators


terraced; terracing

Definition of terrace (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to provide (something, such as a building or hillside) with a terrace
2 : to make into a terrace

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Synonyms for terrace

Synonyms: Noun

balcony, deck, sundeck

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Examples of terrace in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to the aforementioned balcony on the top floor and the main deck on the bottom, there’s also a roof terrace with a sunning deck, hot tub, and seating area. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Indoor-outdoor floating home wants $825K in Portland," 7 June 2018 On the top floor of the ultra-trendy Volkshotel, which once housed the Volkskrant newspaper, this chilled-out bar/restaurant morphs into an offbeat club on weekends, when crowds tend to spill out onto the romantic roof terrace. Clodagh Kinsella, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Best Clubs in Amsterdam," 29 May 2018 The apartments, in turn would be raised on columns one story higher than the library, creating an open-air roof terrace that would allow light to spill into the core of the library through a skylight. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Public Library unveils 3 competing proposals for new MLK Library in University Circle (photos)," 10 May 2018 From mid-April to early October, guests dine on a terrace overlooking the pool, where the temperature is always a few degrees cooler and breezier than in the front of the house. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "From ruin to castle in rural Spain (and you can eat like royalty, too)," 23 May 2018 Each light-filled guest room features floor-to-ceiling windows and Mexican calcutta marble floors, and most of the rooms have terraces with scenic downtown views. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Each room has private terraces and infinity pools to take in the Aegean panorama (while your baby naps twice a day). Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Where to Go, Where to Eat, and What to See at Instagram's Favorite Destination," 21 Dec. 2018 Wake Up Call had that too—except instead of more music, there were workout classes, all on a terrace overlooking the Sunset Strip. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "This Is What Actually Goes Down at a Fitness Festival," 27 Oct. 2018 The master wing also features mother-of-pearl inlay flooring, his-and-hers bathrooms with private terrace and a hidden safe room. Robyn A. Friedman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Zen-inspired mansion west of Delray listed for $20 million," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Around them was tranquil but functional farmland that was sensually subtropical, the fields terraced and piled with shocks of grain. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Beds of herbs, produce and flowers are terraced into the hillside, flanked by stone walls and bordered by open fields and a lush valley. BostonGlobe.com, "He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.," 19 Apr. 2018 For nearly a century, this had been dairy country, and the rounded, coastal hills were terraced from decades of grazing. Moises Velasquez-manoff, New York Times, "Can Dirt Save the Earth?," 18 Apr. 2018 Around 4,500 years ago, ancient engineers and workers terraced the little island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, creating a sort of step pyramid. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Uncover Ancient Greek Island’s Complex Plumbing System," 22 Jan. 2018 For my 40th birthday my husband terraced a hillside on our Sonoma property and planted 400 rose bushes. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "14 Flowers Design Pros Hate—and the Ones They Recommend," 20 July 2017 Dynamics were harshly terraced with misjudged volume on brass entrances and lower-register string phrases that either got lost or assumed unnecessary prominence in unblended sound. Marcus Overton, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra plays Mozart and Strauss without conductor," 16 June 2017 Excavated and terraced, the two courts are rimmed by seating for hundreds of spectators. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Tennis, for Anyone? In the Bronx, the Answer Is Yes," 28 Apr. 2017 Around them was tranquil but functional farmland that was sensually subtropical, the fields terraced and piled with shocks of grain. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of terrace


1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1b


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of terrace

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


ter·​race | \ ˈter-əs \

Kids Definition of terrace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a level area next to a building
2 : a raised piece of land with the top leveled Rice is planted in terraces on sides of the hill.
3 : a row of houses on raised ground or a slope


terraced; terracing

Kids Definition of terrace (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form into a terrace or supply with terraces Rice growers terrace hillsides.

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