noun, plural ker·seys.

a heavy overcoating of wool or wool and cotton, similar to beaver and melton.
a coarse twilled woolen cloth with a cotton warp, used especially for work clothes.
a garment made of kersey.

Origin of kersey

1400–50; late Middle English; perhaps after Kersey, in Suffolk, England Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kersey

Historical Examples of kersey

  • The pay was small, often but a shilling a night, and occasionally a "coat of kersey."

  • "We has a bolt o' moleskin and a bolt o' kersey cloth," said Mrs. Twig.

    Left on the Labrador

    Dillon Wallace

  • She had a kersey coat, covered with girdles of wampom from the loins upward.

  • She had a kersey coat, and covered with girdles of wampum from the loins upward.

    Captivity and Restoration

    Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

  • Over the kersey adickey another adickey of some smooth-surfaced, strong material, preferably moleskin, should be worn.

    Packing and Portaging

    Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for kersey



a smooth woollen cloth used for overcoats, etc
a twilled woollen cloth with a cotton warp

Word Origin for kersey

C14: probably from Kersey, village in Suffolk
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