- pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows: serried troops.
Origin of serried
- to crowd closely together.
Origin of serry
Examples from the Web for 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!"The Romance of an Old Fool
They stood there looking down between the serried lines of trees.A Mating in the Wilds
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.The Expositor's Bible
F. W. Farrar
- in close or compact formationserried ranks of troops
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.