[ser-ey-tid, suh-rey-]


having a notched edge or sawlike teeth, especially for cutting; serrate: the serrated blade of a bread knife.

Origin of serrated

First recorded in 1695–1705; serrate + -ed2
Related formssub·ser·rat·ed, adjectiveun·ser·rat·ed, adjective


[adjective ser-eyt, -it; verb ser-eyt, suh-reyt]


Chiefly Biology. notched on the edge like a saw: a serrate leaf.
Numismatics. (of a coin) having a grooved edge.

verb (used with object), ser·rat·ed, ser·rat·ing.

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
Related formssub·ser·rate, adjectiveun·ser·rate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for serrated

Contemporary Examples of serrated

Historical Examples of serrated

  • The sun was just peeping over the serrated tops of the mountains.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • The serrated form of the gills will attract attention at once.

  • Beside it, a tall needle of rock, serrated and sharp, shot up.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Though of great size, it is of light structure, and serrated at the edges.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The opening was so low as to be invisible just outside the serrated breastwork.


    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

British Dictionary definitions for serrated


adjective (səˈreɪtɪd)

having a notched or sawlike edge


adjective (ˈsɛrɪt, -eɪt)

(of leaves) having a margin of forward pointing teeth
having a notched or sawlike edge

verb (səˈreɪt)

(tr) to make serrate

Word Origin for serrate

C17: from Latin serrātus saw-shaped, from serra a saw
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for serrated

1703, past participle adjective based on Latin serratus (see serrate (adj.)). Serrating "sawing" attested from 1590s, but serrate as a transitive verb not attested before 1750 according to OED.



"notched," 1660s, from Latin serratus "sawlike, notched like a saw," from serra "a saw," of unknown origin. Related: Serrated; serrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

serrated in Medicine




Having or forming a row of small, sharp, projections resembling the teeth of a saw.
Having a saw-toothed edge or margin notched with toothlike projections.
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