verb (used with object), serged, serg·ing.

  1. to overcast (unfinished seams or edges, as in a fabric or rug), especially by machine, in order to prevent fraying.


  1. a twill-weave woollen or worsted fabric used for clothing
  2. a similar twilled cotton, silk, or rayon fabric

n.late 14c., from Old French serge (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *sarica, in Medieval Latin “cloth of wool mixed with silk or linen,” from Latin serica (vestis) “silken (garment),” from serica, from Greek serike, fem. of serikos “silken” (see silk). The French word is the source of German sarsche, Danish sarge, etc.

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