American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A twilled cloth of worsted or worsted and wool, often used for suits.
- v. To overcast (the raw edges of a fabric) to prevent unraveling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woolen cloth in use throughout the middle ages, apparently of coarser texture than say.
- n. A kind of twilled fabric, woven originally of silk, but now commonly of worsted. It is remarkably strong and durable. Silk serges are used chiefly for tailors' lining.
- n. See cerge.
- An obsolete variant of search.
- n. An obsolete variant of searce.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A woolen twilled stuff, much used as material for clothing for both sexes.
- n. A large wax candle used in the ceremonies of various churches.
- n. a twilled woolen fabric
- French cierge. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sarge, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *sārica, from Latin sērica (vestis), silken (clothing), feminine of sēricus, silken, from Greek sērikos, of the Seres, silken, from Sēres, a people of eastern Asia, perhaps China.Back formation from serging, type of overcast stitch, from serge1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In no way your argument 'troop serge' is working, is any good for that poor country.”
“The swing-door creaked, and in the doorway appeared a rather short young Jew with a big beak-like nose, with a bald patch surrounded by rough red curly hair; he was dressed in a short and very shabby reefer jacket, with rounded lappets and short sleeves, and in short serge trousers, so that he looked skimpy and short-tailed like an unfledged bird.”
“Just think, in 500 years' time it could be part of the global language, like the cloth originally known as serge de Nimes, which makes up over 90 percent of the world's jeans.”
“My dress wuz a cream buntin ', lak what dey calls serge dese days.”
“Of course, considering the shortness of the time, it would be impossible: yet it seems odd, out of keeping, that she should still be wearing that soft blue serge, which is associated with so many happy hours.”
“Then her beautiful locks are submitted to the tonsure; and to signify her deadness forever to the world, she is clothed in a dress of coarse grey cloth, called serge, in which she is to pass the miserable remnant of her days.”
“There is alsoe a square Court with Penthouses round where the Malters are wth Mault and oat meal, but the serge is the Chief manufacture, There is a prodigious quantety of their serges they never bring into the market but are in hired roomes wch are noted for it, for it would be impossible to have it altogether.”
“The pen had signed some important treaty, and the serge was a fragment of a flag that had been borne triumphant from a field where a nation's destinies had been sealed.”
“The women card, the children spin, the men weave; and each cottage is a little manufactory of drugget and serge, which is taken to market in spring, and sold in the low-country towns.”
“This is the "wet pressing" used by tailors, which is adapted to the requirements of materials used by them, such as serge, tweeds, etc.”
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