Definition of serge in English:

serge

noun

mass noun
  • A durable twilled woollen or worsted fabric.

    as modifier ‘a heavy serge coat’
    • ‘Add pyjamas, sweater, serge uniform, flying boots, scarf, flying jacket, helmet and goggles, harness and parachute and it becomes a tight fit.’
    • ‘Made in 1957 for my grandfather, constructed out of naval serge and cut by a master at Thresher and Glenny, it's a dazzling bit of three-piece craftsmanship.’
    • ‘Dewey and Suze sat in the back seat, a foot or so of black serge between them.’
    • ‘He paid £5.5.0 for a serge suit.’
    • ‘He was the ship's tailor and could turn a serge uniform inside out to renew its appearance.’
    • ‘The part I love best was when the wall fell directly in front of the greaseball selling a black serge suit to a minister, laying it on thick about the quality of the goods and what a saving the minister would make.’
    • ‘By the end of the next day, they had shaved off her blonde curls, taken away her clothes, dressed her in a regulation serge frock, apron and tippet, and hung a tag around her neck with her name engraved on it.’
    • ‘The period saw the transition of British Army uniform from red wool serge coats to khaki cotton, and gaiters were replaced by puttees.’
    • ‘Because you couldn't put clean everything on every day, and couldn't wash serge habits every week, so they got very hot.’
    • ‘For the men it was the rough serge trousers with the obligatory braces and, of course, the caipin!’
    • ‘It was at Ballantynes that my mother bought my school uniforms including navy serge gym frocks, felt and panama hats, monogrammed hat bands and blazers, and of course, summer and winter gloves!’
    • ‘About forty girls gathered at the station or tram stop wearing our navy box-pleated serge tunics, ties and blazers; we were permitted to remove our Panama hats when out of sight of houses.’
    • ‘All the proud fathers were dressed to kill in their three-piece serge suits and trilby felt hats perched to one side.’
    • ‘‘We trust that we are not pushed back into the serge uniforms of the past in line with this apparent fashion trend,’ he says.’
    • ‘She had her hair twisted into knots at the back of her head and she was dressed in a black serge with grey satin.’
    • ‘She wore a navy serge skirt, white silk blouse, saxe blue cardigan, and a yard of broad saxe blue ribbon at either end of her waist-long plait.’
    • ‘It is worn with the fermizi, a jacket of velvet or serge with long sleeves that is thrown over the back; waist-high white stockings; and a shirt with wide sleeves made of cotton, muslin, or silk.’
    • ‘Few schools had a special uniform for summer, so the girls remember having to go tramping in the heat in serge gym frocks and white blouses and regulation footwear.’
    • ‘Eighteen-year-olds in rough serge uniforms with rusting weapons will bleed to death in the dirt.’
    • ‘How much of a rebel can you be in an ugly blue serge skirt with stiff box-pleats?’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French sarge, from a variant of Latin serica (lana) ‘silken (wool)’, from sericus (see silk).

Pronunciation

serge

/səːdʒ/