Word Origin 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 2
perhaps to be identified with
, though sense shift is unclear
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British Dictionary definitions for serged 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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Word Origin and History for serged serge n.
late 14c., from Old French
serge (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *sarica, in Medieval Latin "cloth of wool mixed with silk or linen," from Latin serica (vestis) "silken (garment)," from serica, from Greek serike, fem. of serikos "silken" (see silk). The French word is the source of German sarsche, Danish sarge, etc.
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