ser·geant | \ ˈsär-jənt \

Definition of sergeant 

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

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

4 : an officer in a police force ranking in the U.S. just below captain or sometimes lieutenant and in England just below inspector

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Mikowski and a responding Ada County Sheriff's Office sergeant applied tourniquets to Mikowski's legs. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Meridian officer, chasing fugitive alone, didn't know who he'd shot until it was over," 3 July 2018 Morse has finally passed his sergeant exams just as Oxford City Police merges into Thames Valley Constabulary, creating uncertainty for everyone. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of June 24-30," 23 June 2018 Replacing those three as new sergeants are Ricky Krakow, Louis Jourdan and Wojtek Kowals. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "Naperville police swear in new commanders, sergeants and officers to fill ranks after flood of retirements," 22 June 2018 Grams then pulled his police sergeant wagon over, parked and waited to see if the customer who had parked illegally would exit the store. Michael Mccann,, "Inside Sterling Brown’s compelling lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department and City of Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 Previously, Kish said, sergeants were not required to work stand-by. Alison Knezevich,, "Sheriff's deputies in dispute with Baltimore County over wages, staffing, guns and vehicles," 18 June 2018 On the one side, Sergeant Galik, the sergeant in charge of the park’s mounted unit, backed up by plainclothes officers and several carloads of Tactical Squad officers, also known as riot police. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rockers rebuffed over RFK wake," 6 June 2018 Detail of 22 sergeants deposit Lincoln coffin into Indiana Statehouse on catafalque awaiting mourners. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018 Christensen started his police career as a deputy sheriff for Los Angeles County and worked his way up to sergeant during his 17 years in Southern California, CHPD said in a news release. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Longtime Citrus Heights police commander retires," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of sergeant

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sergeant

Middle English, servant, attendant, sergeant, from Anglo-French sergant, serjant, from Latin servient-, serviens, present participle of servire to serve

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English Language Learners 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


ser·geant | \ ˈsär-jənt \

Kids Definition of sergeant

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 : an officer in a police force

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