Subterranean meaning

sŭbtə-rānē-ən
The definition of subterranean is something that is under the earth's surface, or that is secret or concealed.

An example of subterranean is a cave that is underneath the earth.

An example of subterranean is a secret behind-the-scenes group that is in control of the book publishing industry.

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Hidden; secret.

Subterranean motives for murder.

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Secret; hidden.
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Situated or operating beneath the earth's surface; underground.
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Lying beneath the earth's surface; underground.
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One who lives underground.
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Below ground, under the earth, underground.
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Origin of subterranean

  • Latin subterrāneus sub- sub- terra earth ters- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition