Origin of serried
verb (used with or without object), ser·ried, ser·ry·ing. Archaic.
Origin of serry
Examples from the Web for serried
For there the chosen best awaited the charge of the Trojans and noble Hector, making a fence of spears and serried shields.Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica|Homer and Hesiod
They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.A Mating in the Wilds|Ottwell Binns
As to the vaunted eloquence of a serried array of figures, it has all the futility of precision without force.Notes on Life and Letters|Joseph Conrad
Such is the sanctity of established authority, that we actually gave back, with serried files however, as our opponents advanced.Rattlin the Reefer|Edward Howard
No sound, whether of approval or disapproval, broke the stillness of the serried benches opposite.
Word Origin 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.