- The definition of a terrace is a patio, balcony or other outdoor living area.
An example of a terrace is a paved sitting area which is next to an apartment's back door.
A pleasant terrace at sunset.
- a raised, flat mound of earth with sloping sides
- any of a series of flat platforms of earth with sloping sides, rising one above the other, as on a hillside
- a geologic formation of this nature
- an unroofed, paved area, immediately adjacent to a house, etc. and usually overlooking a lawn or garden
- a gallery, portico, or colonnade
- a usually spacious veranda; piazza
- a small, usually roofed balcony, as outside an apartment
- a flat roof, esp. of a house of Spanish or Middle Eastern architecture
- a line of houses, esp. of row houses, on ground raised from the street
- a street in front of such houses: often used in street names
- ☆ a parklike strip in the middle of a boulevard, etc.
Origin of terraceOld French walled platform, origin, originally , mound of earth ; from Italian terrazzo ; from terra ; from Classical Latin terra
- a. A porch or walkway bordered by colonnades.b. A platform extending outdoors from a floor of a house or apartment building.
- An open, often paved area adjacent to a house serving as an outdoor living space; a patio.
- A raised bank of earth having vertical or sloping sides and a flat top: turning a hillside into a series of ascending terraces for farming.
- A flat, narrow stretch of ground, often having a steep slope facing a river, lake, or sea.
- a. A row of buildings erected on raised ground or on a sloping site.b. A section of row houses.c. Abbr. Ter. or Terr. A residential street, especially along the top or slope of a hill.
- A narrow strip of landscaped earth in the middle of a street.
transitive verbter·raced, ter·rac·ing, ter·rac·es
- To provide (a house, for example) with a terrace or terraces.
- To form (a hillside or sloping lawn, for example) into terraces.
Origin of terraceFrench, from Old French, from Old Provençal terrassa, from Vulgar Latin *terrācea, feminine of *terrāceus, earthen, from Latin terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
terraced rice paddies
- A platform that extends outwards from a building.
- A raised, flat-topped bank of earth with sloping sides, especially one of a series for farming or leisure; a similar natural area of ground, often next to a river.
- A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
- (in the plural, chiefly UK) The standing area at a football ground.
- (chiefly India) The roof of a building, especially if accessible to the residents. Often used for drying laundry, sun-drying foodstuffs, exercise, or sleeping outdoors in hot weather.
(third-person singular simple present terraces, present participle terracing, simple past and past participle terraced)
- To provide something with a terrace.
- To form something into a terrace.
From French terrasse