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serge

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[ surj ]
/ sɜrdʒ /
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noun

a twilled worsted or woolen fabric used especially for clothing.
cotton, rayon, or silk in a twill weave.

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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-

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH serge

serge , surge

Definition for serge (2 of 3)

serge2
[ surj ]
/ sɜrdʒ /

verb (used with object), serged, serg·ing.

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

Definition for serge (3 of 3)

Serge
[ surj; French serzh ]
/ sɜrdʒ; French sɛrʒ /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for serge

serge
/ (sɜːdʒ) /

noun

a twill-weave woollen or worsted fabric used for clothing
a similar twilled cotton, silk, or rayon fabric

Word Origin for 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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