a casserole dish made of pottery.
a paté or similar dish of chopped meat, game, fish, or vegetables baked in such a dish and served cold.

Origin of terrine

From French, dating back to 1700–10; see origin at tureen
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Examples from the Web for terrine

Historical Examples of terrine

  • On the other hand, the pie in a terrine is much less trouble to make.

    Choice Cookery

    Catherine Owen

  • We put a terrine full of water on the ground, and looked into the water to see them.

  • Spread some terrine de foie gras on four pieces of toast, lay a poached egg on top of each piece, and cover with sauce Prigord.

  • Put a slice of terrine de foie gras on top, garnish with peas au beurre and Julienne potatoes.

  • Having made the soup, she conveyed it in its terrine to a small secretaire in the dining-room.

    She Stands Accused

    Victor MacClure

British Dictionary definitions for terrine



an oval earthenware cooking dish with a tightly fitting lid used for pâtés, etc
the food cooked or served in such a dish, esp pâté
another word for tureen

Word Origin for terrine

C18: earlier form of tureen
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Word Origin and History for terrine

1706, obsolete original form of tureen.

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