sere

adjective
\ˈsir \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of sere 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being dried and withered

2 archaic : threadbare

sere

noun

Definition of sere (Entry 2 of 2)

: a series of ecological communities formed in ecological succession

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Synonyms & Antonyms for sere

Synonyms: Adjective

arid, droughty, dry, thirsty, waterless

Antonyms: Adjective

damp, dank, humid, moist, wet

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Adjective

Sere has not wandered very far from its origins-it derives from the Old English word sēar (meaning "dry"), which traces back to the same ancient root that gave Old High German, Greek, and Lithuanian words for drying out and withering. The adjective sere once had the additional meaning of "threadbare," but that use is now archaic. The noun sere also exists, though it isn't common; its meanings are "a dry period or condition " or "withered vegetation." There are also three unrelated nouns spelled sere. They refer to a claw or talon; a series of ecological communities; and a Hebrew vowel point.

Examples of sere in a Sentence

Adjective

a sere region that can't support agriculture

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

From the marine melting pot of the Galápagos and the sere beauty of the Atacama Desert to the snowcapped peaks of Patagonia and the grassy plains of the pampas, the variety of terrain is unmatched. Priscilla Eakeley, Town & Country, "The Town & Country Grand Tour," 5 Oct. 2016 Ely Ortiz and the members of his rescue crew, Aguilas del Desierto, or Desert Eagles, spread out across the flat, sere desert. Bob Ortega, CNN, "For families of vanished migrants, unidentified remains mean answers never come," 15 May 2018 Bay Area clarinetist Ben Goldberg thrives in sparse settings, where the sere bite of his melodically fluid lines can stand out in stark contrast to surrounding silence. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Clarinetist Ben Goldberg and keyboardist Michael Coleman bring new perspectives to work by experimental jazz composer Steve Lacy," 20 Apr. 2018 Sulphur Springs, a small town in northeast Texas, for most of the year is a sere landscape of brown, beige and gray. Dana Jennings, New York Times, "When a Comic Book Hillbilly and Milton Collide," 21 July 2017

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Photo: Scott London Last year’s event drew about 75,000 people—and 317 works of art—to the sere, chalky landscape. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "At Burning Man, Art Is Now More Permanent Than Perishable," 24 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sere

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1916, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sere

Adjective

Middle English, from Old English sēar dry; akin to Old High German sōrēn to wither, Greek hauos dry, Lithuanian sausas

Noun

Latin series series

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