ser·​rate | \ ˈser-ˌāt How to pronounce serrate (audio) , sə-ˈrāt\

Definition of serrate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: notched or toothed on the edge specifically : having marginal teeth pointing forward or toward the apex a serrate leaf


ser·​rate | \ sə-ˈrāt How to pronounce serrate (audio) , ˈser-ˌāt\
serrated; serrating

Definition of serrate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark or make with serrations a serrated knife

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Synonyms for serrate

Synonyms: Adjective

saw-toothed, serrated

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While these are specialized tasks, no other tool can perform them as well as a serrated knife. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Bread Knives, According to Kitchen Cutlery Experts," 15 Jan. 2019 Cool 5 minutes and then slice into 1-inch pieces with a serrated knife. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard," 5 Nov. 2018 When ready to serve, use serrated knife to cut sandwich into 4 wedges. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "The Only Sandwich You Need on Game Day," 25 Oct. 2015 Their teeth were serrated, not unlike a modern steak knife. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Rare Set of Ancient Giant Shark Teeth Found in Australia," 9 Aug. 2018 The leaves are on long, arching stems and are deeply serrated, with leaf petioles having a hot pink hue. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 Picture it as a narrow, stout and sturdy trowel with one edge a smooth blade and the other a serrated surface. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Forego the 'fart card' for Father's Day. Try one of these gifts instead," 15 June 2018 On that serrated line, this drop doesn’t stand out for its size. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Elon Musk's Attack on Tesla Investors Could Make Him a Liability," 3 May 2018 Just as older generations of musicians were seduced by the electric guitar, Hopkins, as a boy, was seduced by the Roland TB-303, the synthesizer whose squelchy, serrated sound defined the genre known as acid house. Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker, "An Electronic Soundtrack for Spiritual Awakening," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of serrate


1668, in the meaning defined above


1750, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serrate


Latin serratus, from serra saw


Late Latin serratus, past participle of serrare to saw, from Latin serra

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The first known use of serrate was in 1668

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