sergeant at arms

noun phrase

: an officer of an organization (such as a legislative body or court of law) who preserves order and executes commands

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The debate on the bill was interrupted twice by protesters shouting until Senate President Kathleen Passidomo ordered the sergeant at arms to escort everyone out of the galleries and shut them down. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sergeant at arms was in the 14th century

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“Sergeant at arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

sergeant at arms

: an officer of a court of law or a lawmaking body appointed to keep order

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