ter·​race | \ ˈter-əs How to pronounce terrace (audio) , 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

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Examples of terrace in a Sentence

Noun rice growing in hillside terraces For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That deck includes the owner’s stateroom with a private terrace and large ensuite, along with space for a cinema and private decks on both ends of the boat. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 4 June 2021 The hotel's Premium Bay View Bungalow comes with a private terrace which offers panoramic views of Taiohae Bay and the dramatic peaks of the mountains that encircle it. Stephanie Takyi, CNN, 2 June 2021 Among the bedrooms is an 800-square-foot primary suite with a terrace overlooking the grounds. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 1 June 2021 At Cambridge Crossing, The Lexington (100 N. First St.) reopens with a 55-seat rooftop terrace, led by chef Will Gilson. BostonGlobe.com, 8 Apr. 2021 The luxury residential building is on Oliver Street near Dallas’ popular Knox Street district and includes a landscaped pool deck with fitness terrace, a community lounge, a business center, a recreation room, a fitness center and a dog park. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 15 Mar. 2021 The Reach is fun-loving and relaxed — the perfect place to plop down near all the fun of Old Town, but with a sweet bit of beach, a romantic pier to stroll, and a beautiful restaurant and bar with a broad terrace for taking the breeze (and views). Tracey Minkin, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2021 There, they have been confined to a double room with a terrace on the third floor. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2021 The view through French doors is the fountain with a terrace outside. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Paths, fences, a pool, and terrace grace these picture-perfect grounds. courant.com, 14 May 2021 The resort features a modernized colonial design, and each suite has an expansive bedroom, living room, and terrace that overlooks the lagoon and private beach. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 15 May 2021 Paths, fences, a pool, and terrace grace these picture-perfect grounds. courant.com, 14 May 2021 Paths, fences, a pool, and terrace grace these picture-perfect grounds. courant.com, 7 May 2021 In the ’90s, China’s Loess Plateau, a vast expanse of arable but powdery soil, had been all but ruined by deforestation and grazing, until a massive effort was undertaken to terrace the land and reforest it. John Anderson, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2020 Day 4: Sacred Valley Mountain bike through colonial villages, down the Andes, to an ancient Incan laboratory, and amidst pre-Columbian terraced saltpans. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2020 During the day, the family worked on terracing the rows, building retaining walls and installing drip irrigation. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2019 Top floor has master suite opening to terrace, plus three bedrooms. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, 2 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of terrace was in 1515

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“Terrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrace. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce terrace (audio) \

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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