[ surj ]

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

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

Origin of serge

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)

[ 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

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

Other definitions for Serge (3 of 3)

[ surj; French serzh ]

  1. a male given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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


/ (sɜːdʒ) /

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

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

Origin of serge

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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