terrace

noun
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

terrace

verb
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 In addition to 83 comfortable rooms, the hotel features an elegant library, a restaurant and cocktail bar, a terrace, and a rooftop pool. Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2021 The new Busboys will occupy two stories, with a 400-seat restaurant, a terrace for outdoor seating and, of course, a bookstore. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 28 June 2021 The house also features an outside terrace and a tiny snug, which is fashioned like a vintage railway carriage, with tasselled velvet furniture – the closest thing to having your own private cocktail bar. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Buddy's at the zoo has an outdoor patio and rooftop terrace with views of the Zoo's historic Rackham Fountain. Sue Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 22 June 2021 Already there is buzz about The Ray, which will reportedly have a floating glass cube event space, living walls and large sculptures throughout, and each of the 141 guest rooms/suites will have a balcony or terrace. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 20 May 2021 There are paths, a garden gate, stone terrace, and loads of charm. courant.com, 14 May 2021 Huge sliding glass doors open from the living area out to the white limestone terrace and 90-foot infinity pool. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2021 The listing also reports that the home has two fireplaces, a fitness center, a terrace, and a three-car garage. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 16 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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 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

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First Known Use of terrace

Noun

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Verb

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for terrace

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

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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 23 Jul. 2021.

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terrace

noun

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

terrace

noun
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

terrace

verb
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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