"of or pertaining to the planet Earth," 1881, in science fiction writing, from Latin terra (see terrain). Also used as a noun meaning "inhabitant of the Earth" (1953). An earlier form, terrene was used in Middle English in sense of "belonging to this world, earthly, secular, temporal" (c.1300), later, "of the Earth as a planet" (1630s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for terran

Historical Examples of terran

  • A nuisance on Balera, which is the equivalent of a Terran swamp.

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    Sterling E. Lanier

  • The kifs, the Venusian equivalent of the Terran ant, stole his food.

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    Fredric Brown

  • "There are a lot of things no Terran ever will understand," Sawtelle replied instantly.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Terran time and calendar were adapted as a matter of course.

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    Edward Elmer Smith

  • If the Ardans could stop them, no Terran need ever know anything about them.

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    Edward Elmer Smith