- a snake, esp. a large or poisonous one
- [oftenS-] Satan, in the form he assumed to tempt Eve: Gen. 3:1-5
- a sly, sneaking, treacherous person
- Music an early bass wind instrument, coiled in form, made of wood covered with leather
Origin of serpentOld French from Classical Latin serpens (gen. serpentis) from present participle of serpere, to creep from Indo-European base an unverified form serp-, to creep from source Sanskrit sárpati, (he) creeps, Classical Greek herpein
- Zoology A snake.
- often Serpent In the Bible, the creature that tempted Eve, identified in Christian tradition with Satan.
- A subtle, sly, or treacherous person.
- A firework that writhes while burning.
- Music A deep-voiced wind instrument of serpentine shape, used principally from the 1600s to the 1800s, about 2.5 meters (8 feet) in length and made of brass or wood.
- Serpent Serpens.
Origin of serpentMiddle English from Old French from Latin serpēns serpent- from present participle of serpere to creep
(third-person singular simple present serpents, present participle serpenting, simple past and past participle serpented)