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A hill with terraces for rice paddies
The roof terrace of the Casa Grande hotel in Santiago de Cuba


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From French terrasse, from Old Provençal terrassa, from terra ‎(land).



terrace ‎(plural terraces)

  1. A platform that extends outwards from a building.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, chapterI:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  2. A raised, flat-topped bank of earth with sloping sides, especially one of a series for farming or leisure; a similar natural area of ground, often next to a river.
  3. A row of residential houses with no gaps between them; a group of row houses.
  4. (in the plural, chiefly Britain) The standing area at a football ground.
  5. (chiefly India) The roof of a building, especially if accessible to the residents. Often used for drying laundry, sun-drying foodstuffs, exercise, or sleeping outdoors in hot weather.

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terrace ‎(third-person singular simple present terraces, present participle terracing, simple past and past participle terraced)

  1. To provide something with a terrace.
  2. To form something into a terrace.