[ adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt ]
See synonyms for: serrateserratedserratesserrating on

  1. Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.

  2. Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.

verb (used with object),ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.
  1. to make serrate or serrated: He serrated the knives so they would cut meat easily.

Origin of serrate

1590–1600; <Latin serrātus, equivalent to serr(a) saw + -ātus-ate1

Other words from serrate

  • sub·ser·rate, adjective
  • un·ser·rate, adjective

Words Nearby serrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for serrate


adjective(ˈsɛrɪt, -eɪt)
  1. (of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth

  2. having a notched or sawlike edge

  1. (tr) to make serrate

Origin of serrate

C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw

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