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Also sarape.

Origin of serape

1825–35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish sarape Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for serape

cloth, stole, scarf, mantle, cape, manta, tallith, fichu, serape, maud

Examples from the Web for serape

Historical Examples of serape

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • He had mounted her upon one of the mules, and covered her shoulders with his serape.

British Dictionary definitions for serape


  1. a blanket-like shawl often of brightly-coloured wool worn by men in Latin America
  2. a large shawl worn around the shoulders by women as a fashion garment

Word Origin for serape

C19 Mexican Spanish
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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.

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