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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That only honed his resolve and made him work even harder, lessons gleaned from his mother, Beverly, a retired sergeant in the U.S. Army. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame's Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has all the attributes to be wrecking ball at rover," 7 June 2019 The report also detailed how Virgadmo engaged in bullying and harassing behavior that targeted several of his fellow sergeants, which created a toxic environment. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Investigation: Buckeye police misclassified crime stats; chief, others punished," 5 June 2019 The senior sergeant in charge knew that this was for real and not just another exercise. William Langewiesche, The Atlantic, "An Extraordinarily Expensive Way to Fight ISIS," 21 June 2018 Miccarelli, an Army veteran of the Iraq war, remains a sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard., "Pa. House report: lawmaker retaliated against his accuser," 18 Apr. 2018 Sculley said the only extra spending currently planned is about $30,000 to promote two police sergeants in the Special Victims Unit. Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News, "Council learns San Antonio headed toward budget surplus," 18 Apr. 2018 Klaus Larsen, originally from Denmark, has decided to donate roof installations to veterans, including for a 92-year-old Westport World War II veteran and another for a sergeant in Meriden. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Hebron-Based Roofing Company Donates, Installs New Roof For West Hartford Veteran," 17 Apr. 2018 Nantucket has four troopers: one sergeant who lives at the barracks and one permanent trooper who lives in his own housing. Todd Wallack,, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 Any sergeants who missed their daily quota, Gilbert wrote, would face consequences ranging from documenting the oversight on an employee performance log to formal disciplinary action. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "4 Texas prison guards fired, major resigns after allegedly planting evidence in inmate’s cell," 4 June 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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