- a snake, esp. a large or poisonous one
- 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 serp&emacron;ns, serpent-, from present participle of serpere, to creep.
(third-person singular simple present serpents, present participle serpenting, simple past and past participle serpented)