[ ser-eed ]
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  1. pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows: serried troops.

Origin of serried

First recorded in 1660–70; serry + -ed2

Other words from serried

  • ser·ried·ly, adverb
  • ser·ried·ness, noun
  • un·ser·ried, adjective

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

How to use serried in a sentence

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

    With Spurs of Gold | Frances Nimmo Greene
  • On the other hand, Egyptian wall-paintings show the Egyptian chariotry advancing in neat lines and serried squadrons.

    Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
  • Gloomy walls and serried battlements disappeared from the dwellings of the gentry.

    History of the English People | John Richard Green
  • All in vain; and as the last square came on he pressed inside its serried wall.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • Mechanically, his eyes roved along the serried shelves of books, and a new light came into them.

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen

British Dictionary definitions for serried


/ (ˈsɛrɪd) /

  1. in close or compact formation: serried ranks of troops

Origin of serried

C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear ²

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