[ te-reen, tuh-, ter-een ]
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  1. the earth.

  2. a land or region.

Origin of terrene

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English from Latin terrēnus “pertaining to earth”; see terra

Other words from terrene

  • ter·rene·ly, adverb

Words Nearby terrene

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How to use terrene in a sentence

  • When the contraterrene lead atoms met the terrene lead atoms, mutual annihilation resulted, giving us pure energy.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • I loved Helène, who could hear so well the terrene voices, yet keep her eye fixed on the stars.

    Woman in the Nineteenth Century | Margaret Fuller Ossoli
  • Which has no longer need of the gross and terrene sustenance, in the use of which Caesar and the beggar are on a level.

  • For their first day's breakfast on the new regimen, the old woman treated them with a terrene of oatmeal gruel.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin | Mason Locke Weems
  • There is a patriotism of the soul whose claim absolves us from our other and terrene fealty.

    The Biglow Papers | James Russell Lowell

British Dictionary definitions for terrene


/ (tɛˈriːn) /

  1. of or relating to the earth; worldly; mundane

  2. rare of earth; earthy

  1. a land

  2. a rare word for earth

Origin of terrene

C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Latin terrēnus, from terra earth

Derived forms of terrene

  • terrenely, adverb

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