Meaning of TERRIER in English

TERRIER

~ 1 [ 'tɛrɪə ]

■ noun

1》 a small dog of a breed originally used for turning out foxes and other animals from their earths.

2》 a tenacious or eager person.

3》 ( Terrier ) Brit. informal a member of the Territorial Army.

Origin

ME: from OFr. (chien) ~ 'earth (dog)', from med. L. terrarius , from L. terra 'earth'.

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~ 2 [ 'tɛrɪə ]

■ noun historical a register of the lands belonging to a landowner.

↘an inventory of property or goods.

Origin

C15: from OFr. ~ , from med. L. terrarius (liber) '(book) of land', from L. terra 'earth'.

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