noun sen·try \ˈsen-trē\

: a soldier who guards a door, gate, etc.

plural sentries

Full Definition of SENTRY

:  guard, watch; especially :  a soldier standing guard at a point of passage (as a gate)

Examples of SENTRY

  1. The general placed an armed sentry at the bridge.
  2. <a sentry posted to watch for intruders>

Origin of SENTRY

perhaps from obsolete sentry sanctuary, watchtower
First Known Use: 1608

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with SENTRY

SENTRIES Defined for Kids


noun sen·try \ˈsen-trē\
plural sentries

Definition of SENTRY for Kids

:  a person (as a soldier) on duty as a guard


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