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Definition of serge

: a durable twilled fabric having a smooth clear face and a pronounced diagonal rib on the front and the back

Examples of serge in a Sentence

a coat made of serge
Recent Examples on the Web Apparent reasons for this nearly continent-wide serge vary based on region. Mason Bissada, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 The two shared an intimate moment when Elizabeth buttoned Nathan's red serge. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2021 So my Aunt Ida hikes up her dress and pulls on a pair of my Uncle Billy’s blue serge pants. Dick Feagler, cleveland, 25 Dec. 2020 The Bees’ scant hopes floated away long ago, as faded now as traces of emerald-green paint on the seat of a blue serge suit. Bob Greene, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of serge

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serge

Middle English sarge, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *sarica, alteration of Latin serica, feminine of sericus silken — more at sericeous

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“Serge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of serge

: a strong woolen cloth

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