Definition of terrace in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈterəs/


1A level paved area or platform next to a building; a patio or veranda.
Example sentences
  • The perforated sheets reappear both outside in the jambs of terraces cut into the building and inside as stylish balustrades.
  • Outdoor space is maximised on the tight site, with a large external courtyard off the ground floor waiting area and an outdoor terrace off community health on the first floor.
  • All blocks benefit from the shading effect of a huge glass roof that rests gently and lightly on the various buildings above a panoramic terrace.
patio, sundeck, platform, porch, stoop, veranda, balcony
1.1Each of a series of flat areas made on a slope, used for cultivation.
Example sentences
  • Carve a new series of terraces into the slope for easy planting.
  • On steep topography, the filter area should be a gradient terrace with a slope that will not allow erosion.
  • These terraces consist of a series of stone walls cascading down the side of steep slopes to keep small garden strips from being washed away.
1.2 Geology A natural horizontal shelflike formation, such as a raised beach.
Example sentences
  • Uplifted and incised fluvial terraces are preserved in footwall valleys, including those of the Ladopotamos and Vouraikos rivers.
  • The formation of coral terraces is interpreted as the product of approximately uniform long-term uplift superimposed on eustatic changes in sea level.
  • Nevertheless the climatic regime of the palaeosols was fundamentally frigid and these palaeosols formed on glacial terraces beside large permanent glaciers.
2chiefly British A block of row houses.
Example sentences
  • Planners say there are other blocks of terraces built around the same time which are unaltered and better examples of the period.
  • The Jenkins / Robson house is a remarkable addition to a fine Victorian terrace.
  • The restaurant is a building she hadn't noticed before, however, situated on a splendid Regency terrace within sight of the city's two cathedrals.
2.1A row house.
Example sentences
  • The property takes up the bottom two floors of a Grade II-listed Regency terrace and comes with a share of the freehold.
  • The birth of our second child means that our modest Victorian terrace is now bulging at the seams.
  • The house she shared with her parents was quite small, a comfortable looking terrace on a long street.


[with object]
Make or form (sloping land) into a number of level flat areas resembling a series of steps.
Example sentences
  • The land is terraced and, in effect, so are the houses.
  • That area could be terraced into three or four tiers, which would allow for pleasant views and southern exposure.
  • There are numerous options for terracing a slope.


Early 16th century (denoting an open gallery, later a platform or balcony in a theater): from Old French, literally 'rubble, platform', based on Latin terra 'earth'.

  • In the early 16th century a terrace was an open gallery, and later it came to mean a platform or balcony in a theatre. A terrace of houses was originally a row built slightly above the level of the road—the first terrace of houses was mentioned in the 1760s, at first in street names like Adelphi Terrace. The source was a medieval French word meaning ‘rubble, platform’, based on Latin terra ‘earth’, the source of many other English words such as terrain (early 18th century), terrestrial (Late Middle English), territory (Late Middle English), and subterranean (early 17th century). A territory was originally the area surrounding a town and was subject to its laws. To say that something goes with the territory is to say that it is an unavoidable result of a situation. Territory here is probably used in the sense ‘the area in which a sales representative or distributor has the right to operate’, which developed in the US in the early 20th century. In Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman (1949), the central character Willy Loman tells his son that a salesman has to dream: ‘It comes with the territory.’ See also kop

Words that rhyme with terrace

derris, Nerys

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Syllabification: ter·race

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