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[ser-eed] /ˈsɛr id/
pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows:
serried troops.
Origin of serried
First recorded in 1660-70; serry + -ed2
Related forms
serriedly, adverb
serriedness, noun
unserried, adjective


[ser-ee] /ˈsɛr i/
verb (used with or without object), serried, serrying. Archaic.
to crowd closely together.
1575-85; < Middle French serré, past participle of serrer to press tightly together; see sear2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for serried
Historical Examples
  • A thousand serried problems seemed to be pressing on me at once.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • And how he thundered "Blaze with your serried columns, I will not bend the knee!"

  • They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Swiftly, surely, their serried ranks were closing in on the Christian band.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • The Levitic officers were to protect the king's person with serried ranks.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • Along the serried ranks of mosquitoes the signal runs, "Blood!"

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • They are like serried ranks; the ground literally bristles with them.

    Autumn Impressions of the Gironde Isabel Giberne Sieveking
  • Then, armed to the teeth, they rode forward in serried ranks.

    The Days of Chivalry Ernest Louis Victor Jules L'Epine
  • Instead of charging in serried ranks, the moment the command "Charge!"

    Trooper 3809 Lionel Decle
  • The serried ash-backets were driven this way and that by the gale.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for serried


in close or compact formation: serried ranks of troops
Word Origin
C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear²
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Word Origin and History for serried

"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), probably a past participle adjective from serry "to press close together" (1580s), a military term, from Middle French serre "close, compact" (12c.), past participle of serrer "press close, fasten," from Vulgar Latin *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from Latin serare, from sera "a bolt, bar, cross-bar," perhaps from PIE *ser- (3) "to line up" (see series). Modern use is due to the popularity of Scott, who used it with phalanx.

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