noun Scot. and North England.
any long, shirtlike garment worn next to the skin, as a chemise, nightshirt, or the like.

before 900; Middle English; Old English serc; cognate with Old Norse serkr (cf. berserk)

sarkless, adjective Unabridged


one of the Channel Islands, E of Guernsey. 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km). Unabridged
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sark (særk)
(Scot) a shirt or (formerly) chemise
[Old English serc; related to Old Norse serkr]

Sark (sɑːk)
French name: Sercq an island in the English Channel in the Channel Islands, consisting of Great Sark and Little Sark, connected by an isthmus: ruled by a hereditary Seigneur or Dame. Pop: 591 (2000). Area: 5 sq km (2 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

"shirt," late O.E. serc, surviving as a Scottish and northern dialect word, from O.N. serkr, cognate with O.E. serk (see berserk). Cf. also Lith. sarkas "shirt," O.C.S. sraka "tunic," Rus. sorocka, Finn. sarkki "shirt," which are perhaps from Gmc.
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one of the Channel Islands (q.v.), in the English Channel. Sark lies 7 miles (11 km) east of Guernsey and about 25 miles (40 km) west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France. It consists of Great Sark and Little Sark, which are connected by La Coupee (a 300-foot- [90-metre-] long isthmus that is only about 30 feet [10 m] wide), and is 3 miles (5 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide at its broadest point. The smaller, privately owned island of Brecqhou (Brechou) is separated from Great Sark by the narrow Le Gouliot Channel. The total area of Sark, including Brecqhou, is 2.1 square miles (5.5 square km). Sark is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. The island is essentially a plateau rising to 375 feet (114 m), with a scenic coast encircled by precipitous cliffs. The island has three small harbours: Creux, La Maseline, and Havre Gosselin.

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