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: Adjective

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Examples of serrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But above them, disembodied in the haze, hovered the Garhwal Himalayas, part of the central Himalayan mountains, which serrate the borderlands of northern India before crashing into Nepal’s yet higher massifs immediately to the east. Washington Post, "Isolating in a Himalayan hotel forced this restless traveler to rethink his ‘allergy to boredom’," 13 Aug. 2020 Beginning in 2015, the hip-hop emerging from SoundCloud — which imported punchiness from pop-punk and emo, and incorporated both rapping and singing — was emotionally serrated, but also sneakily melodic. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Juice WRLD and the Tragic End of the SoundCloud Rap Era," 9 Dec. 2019 Saw-back spines are a common feature, as are serrated sections on the blades. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 of the Best Survival Knives," 27 Jan. 2020 Goranson, in particular, is the MVP of the episode, delivering zinger after zinger with her signature serrated verve and impeccable timing. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Conners: Live from Lanford': TV Review," 12 Feb. 2020 The best electric knife sharpeners are able to sharpen both straight and serrated blades, and have several sharpening stages. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Great Gifts for Sharpening Dull Knives," 18 Nov. 2019 Multi-stage sharpeners are perfect for that high-dollar knife set, including both straight and serrated edges. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons You Need an Electric Sharpener," 23 Sep. 2019 The set includes a 6-inch chef knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, a 3.5-inch paring knife and 3-inch Santoku knife. Doreen Christensen,, "Inspired holiday gifts from the grocery store for under $20 | Doreen’s Deals," 12 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, many sharks today evolved to have triangular teeth that were flat and serrated like a steak knife, which helps them bite off chunks of prey. Lauren Kent, CNN, "How sharks outlived dinosaurs and adapted to suit their environment," 28 Nov. 2019

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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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“Serrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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