sentry

noun
sen·​try | \ ˈsen-trē How to pronounce sentry (audio) \
plural sentries

Definition of sentry

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

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Examples of sentry in a Sentence

The general placed an armed sentry at the bridge. a sentry posted to watch for intruders
Recent Examples on the Web There’s no park sentry mode, though (disappointing in a cam this expensive). The Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 18 May 2021 For years, a life-sized Superman statue stood sentry at the end of a dock jutting from the eastern bank of Lake Butler, a signature touch of Shaquille O’Neal, the NBA superstar who owns the sprawling estate behind it. Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2021 For years, a life-sized Superman statue stood sentry at the end of a dock jutting from the eastern bank of Lake Butler, a signature touch of Shaquille O’Neal, the NBA superstar who owns the sprawling estate behind it. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Apr. 2021 And at the police department, Minnesota State Troopers, local police and a few National Guard troops stood sentry outside as a crane erected more barricades. Josiah Bates, Time, 12 Apr. 2021 Seen from above, as in countless films and shows, its defining images appear untouched: towering spires and arrow-straight avenues, the broad shoulders of Manhattan’s skyline standing sentry along the greens of Central Park. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2021 With Texas’ shot-blocking sentry and charge-taking warrior out, the Bruins kept attacking, creating 26 points in the paint and going 17-for-23 at the free-throw line over the final 20 minutes. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Mar. 2021 Baobab trees stand sentry over a sacred tomb distinguished by a single soaring column. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Mar. 2021 Could all of them be identified, too, and sentry posts set up that would provide news of their incursions? The Economist, 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sentry

1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sentry

perhaps from obsolete sentry sanctuary, watchtower

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2 Jun 2021

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“Sentry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentry. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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sentry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sentry

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

sentry

noun
sen·​try | \ ˈsen-trē How to pronounce sentry (audio) \
plural sentries

Kids Definition of sentry

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

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