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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 So my Aunt Ida hikes up her dress and pulls on a pair of my Uncle Billy’s blue serge pants. Dick Feagler, cleveland, "With so many traditions on hold today because of the coronavirus, we return once more to Dick Feagler’s Christmas at Aunt Ida’s," 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, "When Boston Was Bee Town," 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 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of serge

: a strong cloth that is used to make clothes


\ ˈsərj How to pronounce serge (audio) \

Kids Definition of serge

: a strong woolen cloth

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