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terrene

[te-reen, tuh-, ter-een]
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adjective
  1. earthly; worldly.
  2. earthy.
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noun
  1. the earth.
  2. a land or region.
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Origin of terrene

1300–50; Middle English < Latin terrēnus pertaining to earth. See terra
Related formster·rene·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for terrene

Historical Examples

  • But the visitor could not convey celestial realities to terrene minds.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

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

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • They conduct to the terrene genera of the great family Colubrid.

    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


British Dictionary definitions for terrene

terrene

adjective
  1. of or relating to the earth; worldly; mundane
  2. rare of earth; earthy
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noun
  1. a land
  2. a rare word for earth
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Derived Formsterrenely, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-Norman, from Latin terrēnus, from terra earth
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Word Origin and History for terrene

adj.

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

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