gunnery sergeant


: a noncommissioned officer in the marine corps ranking above a staff sergeant and below a master sergeant or first sergeant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Belgian Malinois is named Gunny after a Parma Heights family that donated money in honor of their father, who was a gunnery sergeant in the military. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Aug. 2022 The indestructible Clint Eastwood, who boasts of the longest career of any major Hollywood star in history, hit it big in 1964 but by 1986 was playing a cantankerous old gunnery sergeant in Heartbreak Ridge and ... Kyle Smith, National Review, 1 June 2022 Bazzi later served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1999 to 2016, rising in rank to gunnery sergeant. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2021 Kai Binh was a gunnery sergeant in the South Vietnamese Marine Corps who for years fought alongside Americans. New York Times, 7 July 2021 Moore retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of gunnery sergeant in 1972. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 There will be honors After 21 years of active and reserve service, Bill Bazzi, 55, of Dearborn Heights retired as a gunnery sergeant in 2016 from the U.S. Marine Corps. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 11 Nov. 2020 In 1972, Moore retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of gunnery sergeant. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Aug. 2019 On Monday, he was promoted to gunnery sergeant, further adding to his reasons to celebrate this week. Lance Cpl. Kate Morrissey,, 3 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunnery sergeant was circa 1961

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“Gunnery sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

gunnery sergeant

: a noncommissioned officer in the marines with a rank just below that of master sergeant
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