pressed together or compacted, as soldiers in rows: serried troops.

1660–70; serry + -ed2

serriedly, adverb
serriedness, noun
unserried, adjective
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serried (ˈsɛrɪd)
in close or compact formation: serried ranks of troops
[C17: from Old French serré close-packed, from serrer to shut up; see sear²]

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"pressed close together," 1667 (in "Paradise Lost"), pp. of serry "to press close together" (1581), a military term, from M.Fr. serre "close, compact," pp. of serrer "press close, fasten," from V.L. *serrare "to bolt, lock up," from L. serare, from sera "bolt, lock." Modern use popularized by Scott.
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