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[te-reen, tuh-, ter-een] /tɛˈrin, tə-, ˈtɛr in/
earthly; worldly.
the earth.
a land or region.
Origin of terrene
1300-50; Middle English < Latin terrēnus pertaining to earth. See terra
Related forms
terrenely, adverb Unabridged
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  • But the visitor could not convey celestial realities to terrene minds.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • They conduct to the terrene genera of the great family Colubrid.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • It grows to a length of eight feet, and its habits are terrene.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The lady paused, as if to consider the weight of that event in the scale of terrene life.

    Two on a Tower Thomas Hardy
  • Agreed, but where in this terrene orb will you find it otherwise?

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • And so the empyrean element, lying smothered under the terrene, and yet inextinguishable there, made sad writhings.

    The Life of John Sterling Thomas Carlyle
  • When the contraterrene lead atoms met the terrene lead atoms, mutual annihilation resulted, giving us pure energy.

    Islands of Space John W Campbell
  • For it denies that all human faculties must have been evoked by terrene experience.

  • We do not find, indeed, that support is given by souls in bliss to any special scheme of terrene theology.

  • But what shall I say of the power that he exercises over irrational animals, whether celestial or terrene?

    La Fiammetta Giovanni Boccaccio
British Dictionary definitions for terrene


of or relating to the earth; worldly; mundane
(rare) of earth; earthy
a land
a rare word for earth
Derived Forms
terrenely, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Latin terrēnus, from terra earth
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Word Origin and History for terrene

14c., ultimately from Latin terrenus, from terra "earth" (see terrain).

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