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[suh-rah-pee] /səˈrɑ pi/
a blanketlike shawl or wrap, often of brightly colored wool, as worn in Latin America.
Also, sarape.
Origin of serape
1825-35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish sarape Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The serape, worn by men, was the native substitute for the overcoat.

  • A serape was passed over each of us, and we were blinded by tapojos.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
  • The man on the serape shrugged his shoulders and lifted his head, resting it on his hands to listen better.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
  • It was the pieces of the serape, which Ignacio had picked up.

    The Mexican Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • He had mounted her upon one of the mules, and covered her shoulders with his serape.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • She felt the warmth penetrating her serape, and was grateful.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • Ned lay down before one of the fires at the western end of the camp wrapped as before in his serape.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • He wanted to take the serape of the grandee and swaddle him in it.

  • The door in the adobe wall had suddenly opened, and a figure in a serape entered the patio.

  • Her lips were white, and she shuddered with cold, and drew the serape close.

    For the Soul of Rafael Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for serape


a blanket-like shawl often of brightly-coloured wool worn by men in Latin America
a large shawl worn around the shoulders by women as a fashion garment
Word Origin
C19 Mexican Spanish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for serape

also sarape, type of shawl for men, 1834, from Mexican Spanish sarape, probably from Nahuatl, but exact source difficult to identify source because there is no -r- sound in Nahuatl.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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