se·​ra·​pe sə-ˈrä-pē How to pronounce serape (audio)
variants or less commonly sarape
: a colorful woolen shawl worn over the shoulders especially by Mexican men

Illustration of serape

Illustration of serape

Examples of serape in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, she was arrested again after jumping over the wall of California Governor Gavin Newsom’s mansion while wearing a serape and sombrero. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2023 In 2018, Valero worked with the Tamayo brothers, of one of the last remaining serape-weaving families, to create Bouquets, a series of 12 collagelike rugs that pushed formal boundaries with semicircles and ellipses that overspilled the rectangular perimeter’s edges. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2021 Her house was very small but cheery and cozy, with crochet, flannel and serape coverings on the furniture and bright lemon-yellow cabinets in the kitchen. Helen Ouyang, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2023 This includes a cheeky copy of Bernie Sanders wearing a face mask at the presidential inauguration, except he’s wrapped in a colorful serape and there’s a large margarita on a table next to him. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 22 June 2021 Nearby, a long table was draped in a Mexican serape and topped with platters of pan dulce, while next to it, two women pushed around sizzling pieces of chicken and beef on gas griddles. Cecilia Ballí, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 So in Lubbock, there's a Pancho Claus that wears a serape and a sombrero. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021 Pancho Clos wears a sombrero and serape over a Santa suit and typically appears at a community center, making his entrance aboard a firetruck and handing out toys, candy canes and bags laden with fruits and nuts. Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 Mattel’s website will have a charro, or Mexican cowboy,inspired look featuring a serape and embroidered shirt complemented by a vibrant bowtie. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 7 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Mexican Spanish sarape

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serape was in 1834

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“Serape.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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variants or sarape
: a colorful woolen shawl worn over the shoulders especially by Mexican men

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