serge

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[ surj ]

noun
  1. a twilled worsted or woolen fabric used especially for clothing.

  2. cotton, rayon, or silk in a twill weave.

Origin of serge

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1350–1400; <French; replacing Middle English sarge<Middle French <Vulgar Latin *sārica, for Latin sērica (lāna) Chinese (wool), i.e., silk; see seric-

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Other definitions for serge (2 of 3)

serge2
[ surj ]

verb (used with object),serged, serg·ing.
  1. to overcast (unfinished seams or edges, as in a fabric or rug), especially by machine, in order to prevent fraying.

Origin of serge

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Perhaps to be identified with serge1, though sense shift is unclear

Other definitions for Serge (3 of 3)

Serge
[ surj; French serzh ]

noun
  1. a male given name.

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How to use serge in a sentence

  • She had left her hat and coat in the hall, and wore a smart blue serge skirt and a white blouse.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • "I hardly know," was the novelist's reply, as in a navy serge suit he leaned near the window which overlooked the Thames.

    The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
  • She was in sober, every-day serge now, and pulling on her second-best cloak.

    Jane Journeys On | Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • He was clad in a peajacket, blue serge trousers, and jack-boots.

    Scottish Ghost Stories | Elliott O'Donnell
  • A mistake is often made, however, in getting serge of a dark blue.

British Dictionary definitions for serge

serge

/ (sɜːdʒ) /


noun
  1. a twill-weave woollen or worsted fabric used for clothing

  2. a similar twilled cotton, silk, or rayon fabric

Origin of serge

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C14: from Old French sarge, from Vulgar Latin sārica (unattested), from Latin sēricum, from Greek sērikon silk, from sērikos silken, from sēr silkworm

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