Terrier meaning

tĕrē-ər
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A dog of any of various typically small, active breeds originally developed for driving game from burrows.
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Any member of several breeds of generally small and typically aggressive dog, orig. bred to rout vermin and small game animals from their lairs.
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A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunting of burrowing prey such as rabbits or foxes.
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(law, historical) A collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, etc.
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(law) A book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, etc.; a terrar.
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An auger or borer.
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Origin of terrier

  • Middle English from Old French (chien) terrier ground (dog), terrier from Medieval Latin terrārius of the earth from Latin terra ters- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Old French (Middle French) chien terrier "terrier dog", or literally "earth dog," from chien 'dog' + terrier (itself ultimately from Latin terra 'earth').

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Latin terere (“to rub, to rub away"), terebra (“a borer").

    From Wiktionary