There are 2 definitions of terrier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrɪə
 
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noun

  • 1A small dog of a breed originally used for turning out foxes and other burrowing animals from their earths.
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    • In addition, there was a show of the Ullswater foxhounds and an open foxhound show; a show of various breeds of terriers along with gun dogs and children's pets.
    • Those days in Ireland there were few breeds to choose from and the greyhound, Irish red setter, terrier and sheep dog were about as far as it went.
    • The date is also traditionally the first day of hunting meets and foxhounds, lurchers, greyhounds, beagles, minkhounds, terriers and other hunting dogs will all be taken along to Higham.
  • 1.1Used in similes to emphasize tenacity or eagerness: she would fight like a terrier for every penny
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    • He was like a terrier, bounding along, whereas I was more like a snail - there was just so much to see at this site.
    • She was like a terrier worrying an elk hound, charging in and pressing an attack so fast and furious he had no choice but to defend himself.
    • Roche has worked like a terrier on the campaign, cancelling his summer holidays and launching a series of blistering broadsides on the No side.
  • 2 (Terrier) British informal A member of the Territorial Army.
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    • Both the National Guard and Territorial Army - the Terriers - are reserve forces made up of paid volunteer civilians.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French (chien) terrier 'earth (dog)', from medieval Latin terrarius, from Latin terra 'earth'.

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There are 2 definitions of terrier in English:

terrier2

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrɪə
 
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noun

historical
  • 1A register of the lands belonging to a landowner, originally including a list of tenants, their holdings, and the rents paid, later consisting of a description of the acreage and boundaries of the property.
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    • Above all they made for muniment rooms, where terriers and other records of feudal obligations were held.
    • The earliest reliable sources are the terriers (a register of land and property) with the tithe maps c. 1840 that indicate where all the licensed properties were located with a tithe reference number, the name, the owner or brewery, and the occupant.
  • 1.1An inventory of property or goods.
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    • It was noted in a letter book of 1907 that the late Canon C. W. Foster was already being asked to produce glebe terriers for the diocesan registrar.
    • The Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Measure 1991 requires church wardens to compile and maintain a full terrier and inventory of all land and articles appertaining to their church.

Origin

late 15th century: from Old French terrier, from medieval Latin terrarius (liber) '(book) of land', from Latin terra 'earth'.

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