[ suhb-tuh-rey-nee-uh n ]
/ ˌsʌb təˈreɪ ni ən /

adjective Also sub·ter·ra·ne·ous.

existing, situated, or operating below the surface of the earth; underground.
existing or operating out of sight or secretly; hidden or secret.


a person or thing that is subterranean.
a subterrane.

Origin of subterranean

1595–1605; < Latin subterrāne(us) (see subterrane) + -an

OTHER WORDS FROM subterranean

sub·ter·ra·ne·an·ly, sub·ter·ra·ne·ous·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for subterraneous

/ (ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən) /


Also: subterraneous, subterrestrial situated, living, or operating below the surface of the earth
existing or operating in concealment

Derived forms of subterranean

subterraneanly or subterraneously, adverb

Word Origin for subterranean

C17: from Latin subterrāneus, from sub- + terra earth
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