Definitions for serpentˈsɜr pənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. snake, serpent, ophidian(noun)

    limbless scaly elongate reptile; some are venomous

  2. serpent(noun)

    a firework that moves in serpentine manner when ignited

  3. serpent(noun)

    an obsolete bass cornet; resembles a snake


  1. serpent(Noun)

    A snake.

  2. serpent(Noun)

    A musical instrument in the brass family, whose shape is suggestive of a snake (Wikipedia article).

  3. Origin: From Latin serpens, from the verb serpo, from serp-.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Serpent(noun)

    any reptile of the order Ophidia; a snake, especially a large snake. See Illust. under Ophidia

  2. Serpent(noun)

    fig.: A subtle, treacherous, malicious person

  3. Serpent(noun)

    a species of firework having a serpentine motion as it passess through the air or along the ground

  4. Serpent(noun)

    the constellation Serpens

  5. Serpent(noun)

    a bass wind instrument, of a loud and coarse tone, formerly much used in military bands, and sometimes introduced into the orchestra; -- so called from its form

  6. Serpent(verb)

    to wind like a serpent; to crook about; to meander

  7. Serpent(verb)

    to wind; to encircle

  8. Origin: [F., fr. L. serpens, -entis (sc. bestia), fr. serpens, p. pr. of serpere to creep; akin to Gr. , Skr. sarp, and perhaps to L. repere, E. reptile. Cf. Herpes.]


  1. Serpent

    The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols. The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind and represent dual expression of good and evil. In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth and Snake Girl and to renew fertility of Nature. During the dance, live snakes were handled and at the end of the dance the snakes were released into the fields to guarantee good crops. "The snake dance is a prayer to the spirits of the clouds, the thunder and the lightning, that the rain may fall on the growing crops.." In other cultures snakes symbolized the umbilical cord, joining all humans to Mother Earth. The Great Goddess often had snakes as her familiars - sometimes twining around her sacred staff, as in ancient Crete - and they were worshiped as guardians of her mysteries of birth and regeneration.

Anagrams for serpent »

  1. present

  2. respent

  3. repents

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child

  2. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    A friend's bitter words seem to us more poisonous than a serpent's teeth.

  3. Mackay:

    An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.

  5. Baltasar Gracian:

    At 20 a man is a peacock, at 30 a lion, at 40 a camel, at 50 a serpent, at 60 a dog, at 70 an ape, and at 80 nothing.

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