plural -s
: formation, arrangement, succession, or position in a series or orderly sequence
: a method of determining a chronology (as for archaeological material) by a detailed study of a particular style or type (as of potsherds) that reveals an increase or decrease in the popularity of the style giving a tentative scale from early to late

Word History


Latin series + English -ation

First Known Use

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seriation was in 1658

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“Seriation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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