master sergeant


: a noncommissioned officer ranking in the army above a sergeant first class and below a staff sergeant major, in the air force above a technical sergeant and below a senior master sergeant, and in the marine corps above a gunnery sergeant and below a master gunnery sergeant

Examples of master sergeant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or, perhaps more infamously, the 1980 coup d’état in Liberia by the warlord Samuel Doe—a lowly master sergeant at the time—illustrates how relatively junior officers can take power if others rally around them. Brian Klaas, Foreign Affairs, 17 July 2016 His stepfather retired as a master sergeant from the same Air Force intelligence unit where Airman Teixeira worked, headquartered on a base on nearby Cape Cod. Haley Willis, New York Times, 15 Apr. 2023 Jake Gyllenhaal stars as John Kinley, a supremely competent master sergeant in 2018 Afghanistan tasked with finding and destroying Taliban bomb factories dotted around the country. Kyle Smith,, 20 Apr. 2023 His stepfather was a master sergeant in the 102nd Intelligence Wing, the same unit Teixeira later joined. John R. Ellement,, 24 Apr. 2023 In June 1965, Mr. Waugh, then a master sergeant, was nearly killed when his team was overwhelmed by North Vietnamese forces in Binh Dinh Province, along the South Vietnam coast. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 14 Apr. 2023 The airman’s stepfather, Thomas Dufault, retired after a 34-year military career as a master sergeant from the same unit, the 102nd Intelligence Wing, in a 2019 ceremony at Joint Base Cape Cod, according to public records and photos posted online by the Defense Department. Dan Lamothe, Evan Hill, Alex Horton and Missy Ryan, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2023 Teixeira's stepfather, Thomas Dufault, served for more than three decades as a master sergeant from the same unit, the 102nd Intelligence Wing. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2023 Christopher Donohue, who served from 1996 to 2020, retired as a master sergeant, an Army spokesman said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of master sergeant was in 1920

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“Master sergeant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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master sergeant

: a military noncommissioned officer with the rank just below that of sergeant major in the army, below that of master gunnery sergeant in the marines, and below that of senior master sergeant in the air force
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