ser·​ried ˈser-ēd How to pronounce serried (audio)
: crowded or pressed together : compact
the crowd collected in a serried massW. S. Maugham
[by alteration] : marked by ridges : serrate
the serried contours of the … mountainsAmer. Guide Series: Oregon
serriedly adverb
serriedness noun

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

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of serried was in 1667

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“Serried.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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ser·​ried ˈser-ēd How to pronounce serried (audio)
: crowded or pressed together
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