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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But the change was subject to bargaining with the Seattle Police Officers Guild, which represents more than 1,300 officers and sergeants. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 This means designating unsecure apps off-limits and ensuring that lieutenants and sergeants are comfortable enforcing those policies and can do so without invading privacy and undermining morale. T.s. Allen And Robert A. Heber Jr., WSJ, "Where Posting Selfies on Facebook Can Get You Killed," 26 July 2018 Joe Manganaro is a Stoughton firefighter and paramedic who was recently promoted to sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. Chris Flanagan, ajc, "Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight," 11 July 2018 In these interviews Chief Batista confirmed three officers and a sergeant were removed from active duty and placed on administrative leave. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Arizona man who was punched by Mesa Police officers speaks out," 7 June 2018 The incident is under investigation and three police officers and a sergeant are on administrative leave. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Mesa police release body camera footage of officers throwing punches at unarmed man," 6 June 2018 His mother, the former Jane Lee Gumaer, was a Marine sergeant. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Art Bell, Radio Host Who Tuned In to the Dark Side, Dies at 72," 17 Apr. 2018 Ammons said other high-ranking demons also were assigned to her, including lieutenants and sergeants. Marisa Kwiatkowski, Indianapolis Star, "The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons," 25 Jan. 2014 His sergeant then reached him by phone and made him stop. Washington Post, "Manslaughter charge: Georgia officer shot fleeing black man," 28 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 \

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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