serge definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English sarge ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form sarica ; from Classical Latin serica, silken garments ; from sericus, silken, literally , of the Seres, a people of eastern; English Asia, probably the Chinese ; from Classical Greek Sēres, probably ultimately ; from Chinese se, silk
serge definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: 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.
transitive verb serged serged, serg·ing, serg·es
Origin: Back formation from serging, type of overcast stitch, from serge1.
- sergˈer noun