terrain

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noun ter·rain \tə-ˈrān also te-\

Definition of terrain

  1. 1a (1) :  a geographic area (2) :  a piece of land :  groundb :  the physical features of a tract of land

  2. 2 :  terrane 1

  3. 3a :  a field of knowledge or interestb :  environment, milieu

Examples of terrain in a sentence

  1. We had to drive over some rough terrain.

  2. We hiked through a variety of terrains.

Origin and Etymology of terrain

French, land, ground, from Old French terrein, from Vulgar Latin *terranum, alteration of Latin terrenum, from neuter of terrenus of earth — more at terrene


First Known Use: 1766


TERRAIN Defined for English Language Learners

terrain

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noun ter·rain \tə-ˈrān also te-\

Definition of terrain for English Language Learners

  • : land of a particular kind


TERRAIN Defined for Kids

terrain

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noun ter·rain \tə-ˈrān\

Definition of terrain for Students

  1. :  the features of the surface of a piece of land <hilly terrain> <swampy terrain>



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