terrain

noun ter·rain \ tə-ˈrān also te- \

Definition of terrain

1 a (1) :a geographic area
(2) :a piece of land :ground
b :the physical features of a tract of land
2 :terrane 1
3 a :a field of knowledge or interest

Examples of terrain in a Sentence

  1. We had to drive over some rough terrain.

  2. We hiked through a variety of terrains.

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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


TERRAIN Defined for English Language Learners

terrain

noun

Definition of terrain for English Language Learners

  • : land of a particular kind


TERRAIN Defined for Kids

terrain

noun ter·rain \ tə-ˈrān \

Definition of terrain for Students

:the features of the surface of a piece of land
  • hilly terrain
  • swampy terrain


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