serpent

noun ser·pent \ ˈsər-pənt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of serpent

1 a archaic : a noxious creature that creeps, hisses, or stings
b : snake
2 : devil 1
3 : a treacherous person

Examples of serpent in a Sentence

  1. an Aztec carving of a feathered serpent representing the god Quetzalcoatl

  2. beware the temptations of the serpent

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Origin and Etymology of serpent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin serpent-, serpens, from present participle of serpere to creep; akin to Greek herpein to creep, Sanskrit sarpati he creeps

SERPENT Defined for English Language Learners

serpent

noun

Definition of serpent for English Language Learners

  • : a usually large snake


SERPENT Defined for Kids

serpent

noun ser·pent \ ˈsər-pənt \

Definition of serpent for Students

: a usually large snake


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