Word Of The Week – Sere

Desert illustrating the definition of "sere"While reading Dan Simmons’ “Hyperion” last week, I came across the word “sere” and one of the cool things about reading an ebook is that you can highlight a word in question and see the definition IF you have a wireless connection. At the time, I did not and I had to use my iPhone, which always has a data connection, to look up the meaning of this word.


adjective \ˈsir\

Definition of SERE

1:  being dried and withered

2:  archaic :  threadbare

Variants of SERE

sere also sear \ˈsir\

Examples of SERE

  • <a sere region that can’t support agriculture>


Origin of SERE

Middle English, from Old English sēar dry; akin to Old High German sōrēn to wither, Greek hauosdry, Lithuanian sausas

First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SERE


arid, droughty, dry (also sear), thirsty, waterless


damp, dank, humid, moist, wet

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