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serried

[ser-eed] /ˈsɛr id/
adjective
1.
pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows:
serried troops.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; serry + -ed2
Related forms
serriedly, adverb
serriedness, noun
unserried, adjective

serry

[ser-ee] /ˈsɛr i/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), serried, serrying. Archaic.
1.
to crowd closely together.
Origin
1575-85; < Middle French serré, past participle of serrer to press tightly together; see sear2
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serried

/ˈsɛrɪd/
adjective
1.
in close or compact formation: serried ranks of troops
Word Origin
C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear²
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Word Origin and History for serried
adj.

"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), probably a past participle adjective from serry "to press close together" (1580s), a military term, from Middle French serre "close, compact" (12c.), past participle of serrer "press close, fasten," from Vulgar Latin *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from Latin serare, from sera "a bolt, bar, cross-bar," perhaps from PIE *ser- (3) "to line up" (see series). Modern use is due to the popularity of Scott, who used it with phalanx.

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