Definitions for terrierˈtɛr i ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ter•ri•erˈtɛr i ər(n.)

  1. any of several breeds of usu. small dogs, used orig. to pursue game and drive it out of its hole or burrow.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of terrier:

1400–50; late ME terrere < AF; MF (chien) terrier lit., earth dog < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. terrier(noun)

    any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground

Wiktionary

  1. terrier(Noun)

    A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunting of burrowing prey such as rabbits or foxes.

  2. Origin: From Old French (Middle French) chien terrier "terrier dog", or literally "earth dog," from chien 'dog' + terrier (itself ultimately from terra 'earth')

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrier(noun)

    an auger or borer

  2. Terrier(noun)

    one of a breed of small dogs, which includes several distinct subbreeds, some of which, such as the Skye terrier and Yorkshire terrier, have long hair and drooping ears, while others, at the English and the black-and-tan terriers, have short, close, smooth hair and upright ears

  3. Terrier(noun)

    formerly, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, and the like

  4. Terrier(noun)

    in modern usage, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, or the like

Freebase

  1. Terrier

    A terrier is a dog of any one of many breeds or landraces of terrier type, which are typically small, wiry, very active and fearless dogs. Terrier breeds vary greatly in size from just a couple of pounds to over 70 pounds and are usually categorized by size or function. There are five different groups with each group having several different breeds.


Translations for terrier

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

terrier(noun)

any of several breeds of small dog

a fox-terrier.

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