[ ser-eed ]
/ ˈsɛr id /


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

Nearby words

  1. serratia,
  2. serration,
  3. serrature,
  4. serre-papier,
  5. serrefine,
  6. serriedly,
  7. serriform,
  8. serrulate,
  9. serrulation,
  10. serrurerie

Origin of serried

First recorded in 1660–70; serry + -ed2

Related formsser·ried·ly, adverbser·ried·ness, nounun·ser·ried, adjective


[ ser-ee ]
/ ˈsɛr i /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for serried


/ (ˈsɛrɪd) /


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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