pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows: serried troops.

Origin of serried

First recorded in 1660–70; serry + -ed2
Related formsser·ried·ly, adverbser·ried·ness, nounun·ser·ried, adjective



verb (used with or without object), ser·ried, ser·ry·ing. Archaic.

to crowd closely together.

Origin of serry

1575–85; < Middle French serré, past participle of serrer to press tightly together; see sear2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for serried

Historical Examples of serried

  • A thousand serried problems seemed to be pressing on me at once.

    Women's Wild Oats

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • And how he thundered "Blaze with your serried columns, I will not bend the knee!"

  • They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.

  • Swiftly, surely, their serried ranks were closing in on the Christian band.

    With Spurs of Gold

    Frances Nimmo Greene

  • The Levitic officers were to protect the king's person with serried ranks.

British Dictionary definitions for serried



in close or compact formationserried ranks of troops

Word Origin for serried

C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear ²
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Word Origin and History for serried

"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), probably a past participle adjective from serry "to press close together" (1580s), a military term, from Middle French serre "close, compact" (12c.), past participle of serrer "press close, fasten," from Vulgar Latin *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from Latin serare, from sera "a bolt, bar, cross-bar," perhaps from PIE *ser- (3) "to line up" (see series). Modern use is due to the popularity of Scott, who used it with phalanx.

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