from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An area of land; ground: climbed a tree to view the surrounding terrain.
  • n. A particular geographic area; a region: a guide who knows this terrain well.
  • n. The surface features of an area of land; topography: boots designed for rugged terrain.
  • n. Variant of terrane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A single, distinctive rock formation; an area having a preponderance of a particular rock or group of rocks.
  • n. An area of land or the particular features of it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A part of the earth's surface limited in extent; a region, district, or tract of land, either looked at in a general way or considered with reference to its fitness or use for some special purpose, as for a building-place or a battle-field: a term little used in English except in translating from the French, and then with the same meaning which it has in the original.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a piece of ground having specific characteristics or military potential


French, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *terrānum, alteration of Latin terrēnum, from neuter of terrēnus, of the earth; see terrene.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French terrain, from Latin terrenum ("land, ground"), neuter of terrenus ("consisting of earth"), from terra ("earth"). (Wiktionary)



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  • From the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. pg.139
    "I can't stop trying to imagine exactly what terrain i'll be thrown into."

    November 29, 2010