- a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
- the top of such a construction, used as a platform, garden, road, etc.
- a nearly level strip of land with a more or less abrupt descent along the margin of the sea, a lake, or a river.
- the flat roof of a house.
- an open, often paved area connected to a house or an apartment house and serving as an outdoor living area; deck.
- an open platform, as projecting from the outside wall of an apartment; a large balcony.
- a row of houses on or near the top of a slope.
- a residential street following the top of a slope.
- to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.
Origin of terrace
Examples from the Web for terrace
“They would bring them to the terrace and say, ‘You pay or you are his next meal,’” Trapuzzano explains.Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 22, 2014
The apartment is quarantined but a terrace door was left open so the dog could go outside “to do his business.”The Dog is Dead—And We’ll Never Know if He Had Ebola
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 9, 2014
On a New York terrace, there is a dinner dance one balmy summer evening.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
We began to slink outside, tentatively crossing the terrace.Our Visit From Irene
August 27, 2011
“I realized that language was out of their realm, and the only reason that they sign was to obtain various rewards,” said Terrace.‘Project Nim’: The Stunning New Documentary about Chimpanzees
July 9, 2011
He flung out of the room on to the terrace and strode away in a rage.
Below, on the terrace, Viviette was walking, and she filled his universe.
You threw yourself at his head, you know you did, from Shepheard's terrace.
There was the out-of-doors breakfast party, too, on the terrace at Shepheard's.
Watch them addressing ladies on the terrace: they scarcely ever bow.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
- a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
- a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
- (cap when part of a street name)Grosvenor Terrace
- a paved area alongside a building, serving partly as a garden
- a balcony or patio
- the flat roof of a house built in a Spanish or Oriental style
- a flat area bounded by a short steep slope formed by the down-cutting of a river or by erosion
- (usually plural)
- unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
- the spectators themselves
- (tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces
Word Origin and History for terrace
1510s, "gallery, portico, balcony," later "flat, raised place for walking" (1570s), from Middle French terrace, from Old French terrasse "platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth)," from Vulgar Latin *terracea, fem. of *terraceus "earthen, earthy," from Latin terra "earth, land" (see terrain). As a natural formation in geology, attested from 1670s.
- To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.