from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A twilled cloth of worsted or worsted and wool, often used for suits.
- transitive v. To overcast (the raw edges of a fabric) to prevent unraveling.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a type of worsted cloth
- n. A large wax candle used in some church ceremonies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a twilled woolen fabric
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)
From French serge, replacing an older borrowing from Middle French sarge < Old French < Vulgar Latin *sarica < Latin sērica. (Wiktionary)
French cierge. (Wiktionary)