ser·​geant | \ ˈsär-jənt How to pronounce sergeant (audio) \

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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Later, Francie acquires a baby sister and (after Johnny’s tragic-but-inevitable death, huddled gracelessly in a doorway) a stepfather, the pipe-puffing, gentle-giant police sergeant Michael McShane. Allie Spensley, WSJ, "A Tale of Roots and Resilience," 5 Oct. 2018 On a day that saw temperatures soar into the 90s, a Boston police sergeant made sure a black labrador retriever named Olive kept cool. Danny Mcdonald,, "On a sweltering day, a Boston cop made sure a black lab kept cool," 5 July 2018 The charges arose from the investigation into the death of Edson Thevenin, who was shot eight times and killed by a police sergeant during an April 2016 traffic stop in Troy, N.Y. New York Times, "Charges Dismissed Against District Attorney in Police Shooting Inquiry," 13 June 2018 To do that, a Portsmouth police sergeant showed up at the address on May 14 and said police were looking for a missing person. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Man wrote ‘copyright’ on his child porn — he was babysitting when cops found him, Va. police say | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 He was replaced Wednesday by union Vice President Tony Montoya, a longtime undercover police sergeant. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Martin Halloran out as president of SF police union," 16 May 2018 Timothy Ogan was hired by Naperville police in 1995, and rose to the rank of sergeant in 2013. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "Naperville police swear in new commanders, sergeants and officers to fill ranks after flood of retirements," 22 June 2018 Brown has been a part of the town’s police cadets since eighth grade and rose to the rank of sergeant. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "High School Seniors Share Why They've Decided To Serve In The Military After Graduation," 31 May 2018 Hank Frisby was a Philadelphia police officer from 1960 to 1980, rising to the rank of sergeant. Julie Shaw,, "She went to prison for fraud and bad checks. Then courts around Philly let her manage the finances for elderly residents," 30 Mar. 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 How to pronounce sergeant (audio) \

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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