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 Winker’s line drive carried to right-center field, bounced on a terrace outside PNC Park and fell into the river. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds lose to the Pirates on a down night for the pitching staff," 12 May 2021 This is a naturalized landscape with herbs, vegetables, flowering shrubs, raspberries and a pretty dining terrace. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 7 May 2021 The rooftop restaurant, which seats 144 people, has a terrace where people can sip one of 40 wines by the glass. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "RH Dallas brings a new shopping experience and more reasons to head to Knox Street," 6 May 2021 Sri Lankan restaurant Hoppers’ latest and largest restaurant in King's Cross has a big outdoor terrace that faces the Regent's Canal. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, "London’s Best Outdoor Dining: Beach Huts, Firepits, Rooftops And Pods," 4 May 2021 But visitors can also drop by the industrial-chic restaurant Mamalia, as well as the rooftop bar Mun, which has a terrace overlooking the Santa Maria Maggiore. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, "The Chicest New Hotel in Rome Is a DoubleTree by Hilton," 12 Apr. 2021 Family-friendly by design, the large home boasts seven bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a huge terrace to stretch out on, ping pong and foosball tables, and a seasonal heated pool. Dan Koday, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Lakefront Escapes in the U.S.," 11 Apr. 2021 There is also a large screened terrace off of the living room that has an outdoor kitchen and a fireplace. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Up for an East Coast retreat this summer? This Park Cities home is calling your name," 29 Apr. 2021 Three sets of French doors open out to a gorgeous, south-facing terrace, with views of the south San Francisco hills. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: This $17 Million Mansion in San Francisco Is Straight Out of Paris’s 6th Arrondissement," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Paths, fences, a pool, and terrace grace these picture-perfect grounds. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 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, "‘The Age of Nature’ Review: Back From the Brink," 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, "Jordan Harvey's 9-Day Peru Adventure Itinerary," 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, "In Montecito Heights, a trash-filled hillside is transformed into a thriving urban farm," 11 Sep. 2019 Top floor has master suite opening to terrace, plus three bedrooms. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Home sale prices from San Jose and Peninsula areas, August 2," 2 Aug. 2019 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

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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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14 May 2021

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“Terrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrace. Accessed 17 May. 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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