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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Bradley Frisch is a sergeant in a correctional institution. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Overtime helps correctional officer triple base pay before retirement, boosting pension," 10 July 2018 Michael Bock, a former sergeant in the special victims division, said Ms. Bashford had questioned Ms. Battilana for hours about her statements in Italy, reducing her to tears. New York Times, "Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest May Define Manhattan D.A.’s Legacy," 27 May 2018 In 2002, after serving in the motorcycle unit, he was promoted to detective, and became a patrol sergeant five years later. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s just a doer’: Meet Seattle police-chief candidate Ely Reyes," 9 July 2018 The supervising sergeant, in the car at the end of the line, was Jason Mucha, who last worked in 2012. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police sergeant in Sterling Brown arrest has a history of using force with Taser," 5 June 2018 Bevins is night supervising sergeant of the detective division, which means — since most mayhem occurs when the moon is out — he and his detail of 10 detectives are kept occupied with real, urgent cases. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Earlier this year, a Bronx judge acquitted an NYPD sergeant of murder for fatally shooting Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, who allegedly swung a bat at his head in her apartment. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "New York City Launches Task Force on Mentally Ill After Shootings," 19 Apr. 2018 By last August, on the day Bessner encountered Grimes, Liss had become a sergeant. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Michigan State Police trooper in ATV taser death repeatedly reprimanded for violations," 16 Apr. 2018 In the Army, he was given leadership positions, fast-tracked to become a sergeant and honored with several awards including the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal. Peggy Mccarthy,, "Connecticut Army Veteran Gets Discharge Upgrade," 2 Apr. 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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