Terrier Ter"ri*er, n. 1. [F. terrier, chien terrier, from terre the earth, L. terra; cf. F. terrier a burrow, LL. terrarium a hillock (hence the sense, a mound thrown up in making a burrow, a burrow). See {Terrace}, and cf. {Terrier}, 2.] (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Most kinds of terriers are noted for their courage, the acuteness of their sense of smell, their propensity to hunt burrowing animals, and their activity in destroying rats, etc. See {Fox terrier}, under {Fox}. [1913 Webster]

2. [F. terrier, papier terrier, LL. terrarius liber, i.e., a book belonging or pertaining to land or landed estates. See {Terrier}, 1, and cf. {Terrar}.] (Law) (a) 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. (b) 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. [Written also {terrar}.] [1913 Webster]

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  • terrier — ► NOUN 1) a small breed of dog originally used for turning out foxes and other animals from their earths. 2) a tenacious or eager person. ORIGIN from Old French chien terrier earth dog …   English terms dictionary

  • Terrier — Ter ri*er, n. [CF. L. terere to rub, to rub away, terebra a borer.] An auger or borer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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