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sergeant

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noun ser·geant \ˈsär-jənt\

Simple Definition of sergeant

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  sergeant at arms

  2. 2 obsolete :  an officer who enforces the judgments of a court or the commands of one in authority

  3. 3 :  a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army and marine corps above a corporal and below a staff sergeant; broadly :  noncommissioned officer

  4. 4 :  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

Rhymes with sergeant



SERGEANT Defined for Kids

sergeant

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noun ser·geant \ˈsär-jənt\

Definition of sergeant

  1. 1 :  a noncommissioned officer in the army or marine corps ranking above a corporal or in the air force ranking above an airman first class

  2. 2 :  an officer in a police force





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