Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An underground chamber or passage sometimes used as a store, especially one associated with Iron Age settlements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A grotto or cavern under ground.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A grotto or cavern under ground; a cellar.

Etymologies

From French souterrain, from sous ‘under’ + terrain ‘ground’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Having fled from the king, Ma'aruf discovers a magic "souterrain" and a talismanic seal ring, by the aid of which he attains incalculable wealth.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • He occasionally received similar letters from amateur archaeologists, and expected this dispatch to contain an earnest account of a previously undocumented ringfort or souterrain.

    FALSE MERMAID

  • Hereupon in came the old woman and dragged my brother by his feet to a souterrain and threw him down upon a heap of dead bodies.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then he dragged the corpse by the feet to the souterrain and called out,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Now when my son saw that I separated them, he secretly built this souterrain and furnished it and transported to it victuals, even as thou seest; and, when I had gone out a-sporting, came here with his sister and hid from me.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Certain of the monks seized him by fraud and shut him up in a souterrain where he hath lain a long time.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the young lady forewent her spouse by the souterrain as he fared through the door and sat down in her upper chamber; 432 so as soon as he entered she asked him, “What hast thou seen?” and he answered,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then he went away more disheartened than before and returned to his own house where he saw his wife sitting, for she had foregone him thither by the souterrain.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • He strave at the stone till he pulled it from its place, when there appeared beneath it a souterrain with a stair.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Dating to around the 10th century A.D., the souterrain was probably constructed using the broken megalith as building material.

    Archive 2008-01-01

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