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ser·​rate ˈser-ˌāt How to pronounce serrate (audio)
: notched or toothed on the edge
specifically : having marginal teeth pointing forward or toward the apex
a serrate leaf


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ser·​rate sə-ˈrāt How to pronounce serrate (audio)
serrated; serrating

transitive verb

: to mark or make with serrations
a serrated knife

Examples of serrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The leaves are razor-sharp and serrated like a knife. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Sep. 2023 The knife has two edges: one straight and one serrated. Andrea Wurzburger, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Sep. 2023 At its most serrated, the show has satirized the unrepentant predation that marked the heights of televangelism, as churches were remade into spiritual money-laundering operations. Elizabeth Nelson, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 Though Chris Stapleton is a peerless vocalist, newcomer Dean shares a similar vocal essence — one uninhibited and unpredictable, veering from serrated to soulful on a whim. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 13 Aug. 2023 The sole is also serrated like Jolie’s and the ankle and top strap have a similar design. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 20 July 2023 The edges of each leaflet may be smooth or have a few coarse notches but are not serrated. Mike Hogan, The Enquirer, 28 May 2023 Two of these are serrated for slicing through the victim’s skin. John Sass, Field & Stream, 11 Apr. 2023 The result is smooth, not serrated; if Bausch was hinting at human folly and extinction, it is lost in interpretation. Jennifer Homans, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History



Latin serratus, from serra saw


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

First Known Use


1668, in the meaning defined above


1750, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of serrate was in 1668

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Cite this Entry

“Serrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having a saw-toothed edge
a serrate leaf
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