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[suh-rah-pee] /səˈrɑ pi/
a blanketlike shawl or wrap, often of brightly colored wool, as worn in Latin America.
Also, sarape.
Origin of serape
1825-35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish sarape Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for serape
Historical Examples
  • Then you don't want to look like a Spanish brigand, as you do in that serape.

  • He kept his face concealed with his serape quite up to his eyes.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
  • He drew the boot from beneath his serape and laid it before Clarence.

  • I was assisted by the landlord of the posada, who had risen, and was stalking about in his serape.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • He had mounted her upon one of the mules, and covered her shoulders with his serape.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • A serape was passed over each of us, and we were blinded by tapojos.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • "Then you must have this," said the older woman, finding comfort in wrapping her in her own serape.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • It was the pieces of the serape, which Ignacio had picked up.

    The Mexican Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • The serape, worn by men, was the native substitute for the overcoat.

  • Raul rolled the man over and removed the serape from his face and chest.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for serape


a blanket-like shawl often of brightly-coloured wool worn by men in Latin America
a large shawl worn around the shoulders by women as a fashion garment
Word Origin
C19 Mexican Spanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for serape

also sarape, type of shawl for men, 1834, from Mexican Spanish sarape, probably from Nahuatl, but exact source difficult to identify source because there is no -r- sound in Nahuatl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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