Meaning of TERRIER in English


ter ‧ ri ‧ er /ˈteriə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: (chien) terrier 'earth dog, terrier' , from terrier 'of earth' , from Medieval Latin terrarius , from Latin terra ( ⇨ ↑ terrace ); because it hunts by digging into animals' holes ]

a small active type of dog that was originally used for hunting

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