1. a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another.
  2. the top of such a construction, used as a platform, garden, road, etc.
  3. a nearly level strip of land with a more or less abrupt descent along the margin of the sea, a lake, or a river.
  4. the flat roof of a house.
  5. an open, often paved area connected to a house or an apartment house and serving as an outdoor living area; deck.
  6. an open platform, as projecting from the outside wall of an apartment; a large balcony.
  7. a row of houses on or near the top of a slope.
  8. a residential street following the top of a slope.

verb (used with or without object), ter·raced, ter·rac·ing.

  1. to form into or furnish with a terrace or terraces.


  1. a horizontal flat area of ground, often one of a series in a slope
    1. a row of houses, usually identical and having common dividing walls, or the street onto which they face
    2. (cap when part of a street name)Grosvenor Terrace
  2. a paved area alongside a building, serving partly as a garden
  3. a balcony or patio
  4. the flat roof of a house built in a Spanish or Oriental style
  5. a flat area bounded by a short steep slope formed by the down-cutting of a river or by erosion
  6. (usually plural)
    1. unroofed tiers around a football pitch on which the spectators stand
    2. the spectators themselves


  1. (tr) to make into or provide with a terrace or terraces

n.1510s, “gallery, portico, balcony,” later “flat, raised place for walking” (1570s), from Middle French terrace, from Old French terrasse “platform (built on or supported by a mound of earth),” from Vulgar Latin *terracea, fem. of *terraceus “earthen, earthy,” from Latin terra “earth, land” (see terrain). As a natural formation in geology, attested from 1670s. v.

  1. To suture in several rows, as when closing a wound through a considerable thickness of tissue.

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