Full record for Terran n.

Definition an inhabitant of the planet Earth
OED requirements antedating 1946
Earliest cite G. O. Smith 'Pattern for Conquest'
Comment Jeff Wolfe submitted a cite from a reprint of H. Beam Piper's "Ullr Uprising". Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1953 magazine version. Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from the 1965 first edition of Poul Anderson's "Agent of the Terran Empire"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1951 magazine version. Fred Galvin submitted a 1946 cite from George O. Smith's "Pattern for Conquest". Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Andre Norton's 1955 "Star Guard". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a reprint of Philip K. Dick's "The Variable Man"; Mike Christie verified the cite in the 1953 first magazine appearance. Doug Winston submitted a 2002 cite from S. L. Viehl's "Eternity Row".
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Citations for Terran n.

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1946 G. O. Smith in Astounding Sci. Fiction May 132/1 The mission, not entirely understood by the Terrans, consists of destroying a machine sent forth by the Loard-vogh, a race that is conquering the Galaxy.
1952 K. F. Crossen Caphian Caper in Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec. 18/2 He sent out a call to the planet below, but there was no answer. He tried several languages, in addition to Terran, and finally the intergalactic sound code. There was still no answer.
1953 P. K. Dick in Space Sci. Fiction Sept. 9/2 Through the windows of his office, Reinhart could see endless buildings and streets, Terrans hurrying back and forth.
1955 A. Norton Star Guard (1973) 26 Would the Agents' repeated argument have proved true? Would the Terrans, unchecked, have pulled planet after planet into a ruthless struggle for power?
1958 ‘E. Rodman’ Slaves of Tree in Super-Sci. Fiction June 56/2 A hymn was going up, now. Rayner strained to catch the words, but it seemed that they were only partly in Terran, and mainly in some strange and alien language whose words were smooth-flowing and liquid, with many vowels and few harsh consonants.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones in Planet Savers/Sword of Aldones (1982) i. 117 It was amazing, how many Terrans still thought of Darkover as a feudal or barbarian planet.
1962 M. Z. Bradley Sword of Aldones i. 7 It was amazing, how many Terrans still thought of Darkover as a feudal or barbarian planet.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ ii. v. 224 The personalities of Vulcans and Terrans are not normally compatible.
1971 U. K. LeGuin Vaster Than Empires & More Slow in E. S. Rabkin Sci. Fiction: Historical Anthol. (1983) 494 All the Known worlds went back to the Hainish Origin, and the Terrans, having been not only founded but salvaged by the Hainish, resented this.
1971 U. K. Le Guin Lathe of Heaven (1973) iv.69 You believed that overpopulation was a present threat to civilization, to the whole Terran ecosystem.
1971 J. Blish Star Trek 4 104 Do you call yourself Terran or Vulcan?
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) iii. 57 The Hainish call it materialism, and the Terrans call it mysticism.
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) xi.271 Mai-god’ the Terran said under his breath.
1983 M. Z. Bradley Thendara House (1991) i. 9 Magdalen Lorne shivered a little as she walked slowly up the approach to the Terran HQ.
1984 M. Bradley World Wreckers 15 Shortly after he had assumed the position as chief liaison man between the Terrans and his own people, he had come to live in a house near the edge of the Terran Zone.
1984 D. Duane My Enemy, my Ally ii. 31 A characteristic‥that is entirely too rare in Terrans.
1985 K. S. Robinson in G. Dozois Isaac Asimov's Mars (1991) 146 “I can't get a sense of the scale!” the Terran, Arthus Sternback, shouts, hopping up and down.
1986 D. Carey Dreadnought ii.21 Meeting more and more Terrans now, here on our ancestral rocks.
1988 C. J. Cherryh Cyteen 2 The crew of Gaia‥had become more at home in the ship than in the mainstream of a Terran culture gone very alien to them.
1991 C. S. Friedman Black Sun Rising xxx. 258 The special savor of Terran impotence.
1992 P. David Imzadi i. 6 She passed her associate coordinator, Harry, who didn't seem to notice her. A muscular and dark-hued terran.
1995 D. Carey & J.I. Kirkland First Frontier ii. xii. 129 A Klingon who didn't know whether or not to hate Terrans.
1996 Linguistics & Sci. Fiction Sept. 3/1 Neither Gary Whitta nor any other Terran‥has any way of knowing whether a given piece of Klingon music is or isn't ‘out of tune.’
1996 K. S. Robinson Blue Mars 152 It was precisely the Terrans who showed an intense interest in Mars who were the most troubling to contemplate: certain metanat executives whose corporations had invested heavily in Martian terraformation; also certain national representatives from heavily populated countries, who would no doubt be very happy to have a place to send large numbers of their people.
1997 J. Sherman & S. Shwartz Vulcan's Forge vi. 61 It would be interesting to speak with this Terran who shared a trait with him.
1998 W. Shatner et al. Spectre vi. 65 You Terrans can be so sanctimonious.
2001 Locus June 23/2 A messenger comes to draw her into an unwelcome contact with a new group of Terrans.
2002 S. L. Viehl Eternity Row 335 And yet Joseph kept her on staff and allowed her to supervise you for eighteen years‥. Joseph, who you will agree was more conservative than most Terrans.
2006 S. M. Stirling Sky People iv. 99 A couple of skinny pigs closed in on the refuse after the Terrans went by, snapping at a local who kicked at one of them.