ser·​ried | \ ˈser-ēd How to pronounce serried (audio) \

Definition of serried

1 : crowded or pressed together : compact the crowd collected in a serried mass— W. S. Maugham
2 [by alteration] : marked by ridges : serrate the serried contours of the … mountainsAmer. Guide Series: Oregon

Other Words from serried

serriedly adverb
serriedness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for serried



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of serried in a Sentence

Flowers came up every spring in their serried ranks. a sterile subdivision with serried rows of cookie-cutter houses
Recent Examples on the Web In lieu of the usual venue of the Dolby Theatre, where nominees and their guests sit elbow to elbow in serried ranks, this year’s edition was held in Los Angeles’s cavernous Union Station. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2021 The Emergency Operations Center is a large, bright room, with serried rows of wooden desks facing a wall of video screens. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 No one had lined us up in serried, uniform ranks, no one had demanded an oath or a membership—or anything more than the spirit of DIY. Jonathan Myerson, The New York Review of Books, 4 May 2020 In the vegetable garden, Burch gleefully points out the serried ranks of okra, eggplant, beans, peppers, kale, cucumber, and cantaloupe. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 15 Aug. 2018 There is certainly something extreme about the serried carcasses, blackened by blow torches to burn off the fur, the faces charred in a rictus grin. The Economist, 19 Apr. 2018 Inspectors unwrapped them and found serried rows of bottles. Michael Powell, New York Times, 26 Mar. 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'serried.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of serried

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About serried

Time Traveler for serried

Time Traveler

The first known use of serried was in 1667

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near serried




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for serried

Cite this Entry

“Serried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!