: 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 The 'body' was attired in a blue serge suit. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Sep. 2020 Grant took a liking to the boy, supervising his fitting for a new blue serge suit at a Hollywood costumer and then attending, with his wife Betsy Drake, Donaldson’s 1949 high school graduation ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Mar. 2023 This versatile jacket is made with responsible and certified wool using a serge technique for a sophisticated texture. Sara Klausing, Men's Health, 18 Jan. 2023 Some of the main mechanisms for these literal fine-tunings are the risers, the seating arrangements of the orchestra, reflectors above the stage, and the wool-serge banners. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serge was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Serge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a durable cloth woven with diagonal ridges

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