serpent

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noun ser·pent \ˈsər-pənt\

Definition of serpent

  1. 1a archaic :  a noxious creature that creeps, hisses, or stingsb :  snake

  2. 2 :  devil 1

  3. 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>

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


First Known Use: 13th century


SERPENT Defined for English Language Learners

serpent

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noun ser·pent \ˈsər-pənt\

Definition of serpent for English Language Learners

  • : a usually large snake


SERPENT Defined for Kids

serpent

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noun ser·pent \ˈsər-pənt\

Definition of serpent for Students

  1. :  a usually large snake



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