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 The terrace of her cafe and beer garden in this small Belgian town sits empty. Mick Krever, CNN, "In a town of two nations, Belgian bars are shuttered. Dutch pubs will soon be open across the street," 15 May 2020 Cocktails on the terrace of the Nasher Sculpture Center on an opening night. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "100 reasons to love Dallas right now: A critic’s list of the places that make the city and its architecture special.," 15 May 2020 Sara Wight Jessica Treanor Murray and Joshua Aaron Sheppard were married April 18 on the garden terrace of the bride’s parents’ house in Harrison, N.Y. New York Times, "Jessica Murray, Joshua Sheppard," 26 Apr. 2020 In 2017, one perched alongside the terrace of her workplace, the Forest Cafe, which overlooks a jungle ravine in the mountains above the city. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "The Rich Meals That Keep Wild Animals on the Menu," 19 Mar. 2020 There’s also a rooftop terrace with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding area, including the Washington Monument. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "John F. Kennedy’s Former Home in Georgetown Is on the Market for $4.65 Million," 2 Mar. 2020 Last night, these were all elegantly laid out on the terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel for a dinner fêting the launch of the collection. Vogue, "Luke Edward Hall Celebrated His Richard Ginori Tableware Collection at a Dinner Bursting With Good Taste," 16 Oct. 2019 The murders shocked France in 2011 after the bodies of the Dupont de Ligonnes family, as well as their two dogs, were discovered buried under the terrace of the family home. NBC News, "Fugitive Frenchman wanted over family murders arrested in Scotland," 12 Oct. 2019 Imagine guests mingling on the expansive terrace as the sun sets behind the skyline. Dallas News, "Museum Tower condo excels in city living," 26 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Around 4,500 years ago, ancient engineers and workers terraced the little island in the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, creating a sort of step pyramid. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Uncover Ancient Greek Island’s Complex Plumbing System," 22 Jan. 2018 For my 40th birthday my husband terraced a hillside on our Sonoma property and planted 400 rose bushes. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "14 Flowers Design Pros Hate—and the Ones They Recommend," 20 July 2017

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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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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Terrace.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrace. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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terrace

noun
How to pronounce terrace (audio)

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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