Definition of terrier noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈteriə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈteriər//
Domesticated mammals
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a small active dog. There are many types of terrier. see also bull terrier, pit bull terrier, Yorkshire terrier See related entries: Domesticated mammals Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French (chien) terrier ‘earth (dog)’, from medieval Latin terrarius, from Latin terra ‘earth’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: terrier