noun ser·geant \ˈsär-jənt\

: an officer of low rank in the army or marines

: an officer in a police force with a rank below captain or lieutenant

Full Definition of SERGEANT

obsolete :  an officer who enforces the judgments of a court or the commands of one in authority
:  a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army and marine corps above a corporal and below a staff sergeant; broadly :  noncommissioned officer
:  an officer in a police force ranking in the United States just below captain or sometimes lieutenant and in England just below inspector

Origin of SERGEANT

Middle English, servant, attendant, sergeant, from Anglo-French sergant, serjant, from Latin servient-, serviens, present participle of servire to serve
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Military Terms

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

Rhymes with SERGEANT

SERGEANT Defined for Kids


noun ser·geant \ˈsär-jənt\

Definition of SERGEANT for Kids

:  a noncommissioned officer in the army or marine corps ranking above a corporal or in the air force ranking above an airman first class
:  an officer in a police force
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