- a blanketlike shawl or wrap, often of brightly colored wool, as worn in Latin America.
Origin of serape
1825–35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish sarape
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Examples from the Web for serape
Then you don't want to look like a Spanish brigand, as you do in that serape.Snow-Bound at Eagle's
He kept his face concealed with his serape quite up to his eyes.Frank Merriwell Down South
Burt L. Standish
He drew the boot from beneath his serape and laid it before Clarence.Susy, A Story of the Plains
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.
- a blanket-like shawl often of brightly-coloured wool worn by men in Latin America
- a large shawl worn around the shoulders by women as a fashion garment
C19 Mexican Spanish
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper