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terrace

noun ter·race \ ˈter-əs , ˈte-rəs \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of terrace

1 a : a relatively level paved or planted area adjoining a building
b : a colonnaded porch or promenade
c : a flat roof or open platform
2 a : 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
4 a : 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

Examples of terrace in a Sentence

  1. rice growing in hillside terraces

  2. For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

terrace Synonyms

Synonyms
balcony, deck, sundeck
Related Words
gallery; lanai, porch, stoop, veranda (or verandah)

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terrace

verb

Definition of terrace

terraced; terracing
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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First Known Use of terrace

1650

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TERRACE Defined for English Language Learners

terrace

noun

Definition of terrace for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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


TERRACE Defined for Kids

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terrace

noun ter·race \ ˈter-əs \

Definition of terrace for Students

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

Word Root of terrace

The Latin word terra, meaning “earth,” “land,” or “ground,” gives us the root terr. Words from the Latin terra have something to do with the earth or land. A territory is an area of land ruled by a particular government. A terrace is a piece of land with a flat top. Anything terrestrial lives on land and not in water.


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terrace

verb

Definition of terrace for Students

terraced; terracing
: to form into a terrace or supply with terraces
  • Rice growers terrace hillsides.


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