Definition of serape in US English:


(also sarape)


  • A shawl or blanket worn as a cloak in Latin America.

    • ‘The olive - skinned townspeople, less than one thousand in 1844, clung to their Spanish language and Mexican culture and dressed in serapes, sombreros, rebozos, and other garb characteristic of communities south of the Rio Grande.’
    • ‘I decided to hitchhike my way toward it, and so in the first light I hopped into the bed of a dusty truck along with a group of Quechua farmers clad in pointed woolen caps and bright woolen sarapes.’
    • ‘Many years ago, thread and fabric were hand dyed in the warm colors of the sun, earth, and sky then spun into traditional Spanish-American garments known as serapes.’
    • ‘Brightly coloured sarapes, embroidered blouses, leather, tin work and pottery jostle for the buyers' attention next to bags of beans of all kinds and exotic vegetables including cacti.’
    • ‘It was mostly useless goods from a city-dwelling gringa's point of view: pouches and blankets, sarapes in colors I did not like.’
    • ‘As I was trying to leave, one woman, who said her name was Lupe (she was dressed in a button-festooned serape, and had a cross tattooed between her eyebrows) loped after me and continued to demand that I deal with the question.’
    • ‘For anyone who took a childhood field trip to California missions, flowers in the colors of a Mexican serape probably remain a vivid memory.’
    • ‘Items such as sarapes and huaraches, as well as other clothing symbolic of Mexican American culture, were displayed and worn with pride.’
    • ‘After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, these sarapes became a symbol of Mexican culture.’
    • ‘As I snuggled against the warmth, I cradled my brother in a makeshift serape.’
    • ‘Traditional peasant attire for men consisted of pajama-like trousers and tunic of unbleached cotton, a serape (used as both a blanket and a cloak), sandals, and wide sombrero.’
    • ‘He went back with the roses wrapped in a serape, and when he placed it before the bishops, the roses were there and the image of the Guadalupana was on his serape.’
    • ‘Starting in the 1860s the serrated diamond motif of Mexican-made serapes began to appear on Navajo blankets.’
    • ‘Books can be exchanged along the way, knickers washed, sarongs or sarapes bought in place of sheets, towels, skirts, shawls.’
    cover, covering, rug, afghan, quilt, eiderdown, duvet
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Mexican Spanish.