Definition of terra firma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


terra firma

BrE BrE//ˌterə ˈfɜːmə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌterə ˈfɜːrmə//
[uncountable] (from Latin, usually humorous)
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safe dry land, as contrasted with water or air synonym dry land After two days at sea, it was good to be back on terra firma again. Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting the territories on the Italian mainland which were subject to the state of Venice): from Latin, literally ‘firm land’.
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