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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Ballardo, the police sergeant, told OnScene TV that the first officers to arrive applied the tourniquet to the victim’s left leg. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Postal worker struck, pinned between vehicles in National City," 12 Sep. 2019 The sergeant saw the knife and told Glass to drop it. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Knife-wielding man charged at LMPD sergeant and others inside Norton Hospital, police say," 11 Sep. 2019 The sergeant took home $107,809 in total pay last year, according to data from the non-profit Empire Center think tank. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "NYPD sergeant caught allegedly shoplifting $360 in clothes from Macy’s," 6 Sep. 2019 The man questions the sergeant’s legal knowledge as the call continues and at one point tells him his wife’s name is Marilyn Manson. Cliff Pinckard,, "Man calls Ohio police department, demands officers return ‘stolen’ marijuana," 5 Sep. 2019 The sergeant was working with investigators, who were monitoring the transaction. Cameron Knight,, "Former Cincinnati police captain to plead guilty to bribery charge," 29 Aug. 2019 Norm Uhl, public information officer with CCEMS, said the sergeants will finish training in December. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD Police Department prepares officers with EMT training," 29 Aug. 2019 Daniels, the Fort Worth police sergeant, said how the department responds to a call depends on the circumstances. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "What can Texas cops do when a gun and its legal but troubled owner raise alarm?," 11 Aug. 2019 Simeon notices that the sergeant addresses Hossein with the familiar tu while using the polite vous with him. Adam Shatz, The New Yorker, "“How Does It Feel To Be a White Man?”: William Gardner Smith’s Exile in Paris," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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