terrace

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noun

ter·​race ˈter-əs How to pronounce terrace (audio)
ˈte-rəs
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

terrace

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verb

terraced; terracing

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

Noun rice growing in hillside terraces For sale: large three-bedroom house with adjoining terrace and garden.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
On the fourth floor, an optional loft opens to a rooftop terrace. Benjamin C. Tankersley, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 Combined with a second unit below it, the ultra-chic duplex now has four bedrooms and four bathrooms across its two levels, plus a stunning 1,000-square-foot rooftop terrace for al fresco lounging. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2022 The plans call for a nine-bedroom home with a rooftop terrace. E.b. Solomont, WSJ, 2 Nov. 2022 The rooftop terrace of Hollywood’s Neuehouse was abuzz Thursday night at a fete celebrating Scripted Israel, a social summit promoting Israeli television on the global stage. Malina Saval, Variety, 23 Sep. 2022 Protesters took turns posing at his desk or stood on a rooftop terrace waving the Sri Lankan flag. The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2022 Dozens could later be seen inside the office and standing on a rooftop terrace waving Sri Lanka's flag — the latest in a series of government buildings demonstrators have occupied in their quest for new leaders. Krishan Francis And Krutika Pathi, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 Another floor up, the stunning rooftop terrace provides a cool respite with several sitting areas and chairs for lounging. Linda Marx, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2022 The site's landscape features include a woodland meditation and foraging and healing gardens, wetland, outdoor classrooms, urban farming space and a rooftop terrace, according to the release. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 30 June 2022
Verb
How about perking up that drab Zone 5 to 8 patio or terrace with a sundial and some compact flowering plants? Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 5 Oct. 2022 That said, Peak is worth the effort, and apparently is so seven days a week for those who come for the view from The Edge terrace a floor below, or the snazzy bar that stocks more than 200 spirits. John Mariani, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Another popular option is to terrace sections of the slope within your lawn to create flat planting areas. oregonlive, 3 July 2022 The end result is 40 hillside residences designed by EYRC architects that neatly terrace down from just below Sunset Boulevard (across a plaza from the fashionable Pendry West Hollywood hotel) to Franklin Avenue. Kathy A. Mcdonald, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 Finally, one last floor up is the private rooftop deck, with its lap pool and terrace both enclosed by sliding glass and topped by a retractable sun awning for shade. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 7 Dec. 2021 But this is just the start of an upgrade to the 50-year-old venue that will expand and terrace its seating and improve entry points in hopes of making the small hillside bowl into a regional attraction in the sunny southeast corner of the city. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 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, 14 May 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of terrace was in 1515

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Cite this Entry

“Terrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrace. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

terrace 1 of 2

noun

ter·​race ˈter-əs How to pronounce terrace (audio)
1
a
: a flat roof or open platform
b
: a level area next to a building
2
a
: a raised piece of land with the top leveled off
b
: one of a group of horizontal ridges made in a hillside to conserve moisture and prevent loss of soil for agriculture
3
: a row of houses on raised ground or a sloping site

terrace

2 of 2

verb

terraced; terracing
: to make into a terrace or supply with terraces

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