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[te-reen, tuh-, ter-een]
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  1. earthly; worldly.
  2. earthy.
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  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


  1. of or relating to the earth; worldly; mundane
  2. rare of earth; earthy
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  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


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

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