Definition of Sergeant

1. Noun. Any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal.




2. Noun. A lawman with the rank of sergeant.
Exact synonyms: Police Sergeant
Specialized synonyms: Buck Sergeant, Desk Sergeant, Deskman, Station Keeper
Generic synonyms: Law Officer, Lawman, Peace Officer

3. Noun. An English barrister of the highest rank.
Exact synonyms: Sergeant-at-law, Serjeant, Serjeant-at-law
Generic synonyms: Barrister

Definition of Sergeant

1. n. Formerly, in England, an officer nearly answering to the more modern bailiff of the hundred; also, an officer whose duty was to attend on the king, and on the lord high steward in court, to arrest traitors and other offenders. He is now called sergeant-at-arms, and two of these officers, by allowance of the sovereign, attend on the houses of Parliament (one for each house) to execute their commands, and another attends the Court Chancery.

Definition of Sergeant

1. Noun. UK army rank with NATO code OR-6, senior to corporal and junior to warrant officer ranks. ¹

2. Noun. The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in some non-naval military forces and police. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sergeant

1. a noncommissioned military officer [n -S]

Medical Definition of Sergeant

1. 1. Formerly, in England, an officer nearly answering to the more modern bailiff of the hundred; also, an officer whose duty was to attend on the king, and on the lord high steward in court, to arrest traitors and other offenders. He is now called sergeant-at-arms, and two of these officers, by allowance of the sovereign, attend on the houses of Parliament (one for each house) to execute their commands, and another attends the Court Chancery. "The sergeant of the town of Rome them sought." (Chaucer) "The magistrates sent the serjeant, saying, Let those men go." (Acts xvi. 35) "This fell sergeant, Death, Is strict in his arrest." (Shak) 2. (Mil) In a company, battery, or troop, a noncommissioned officer next in rank above a corporal, whose duty is to instruct recruits in discipline, to form the ranks, etc. In the United States service, besides the sergeants belonging to the companies there are, in each regiment, a sergeant major, who is the chief noncommissioned officer, and has important duties as the assistant to the adjutant; a quartermaster sergeant, who assists the quartermaster; a colour sergeant, who carries the colours; and a commissary sergeant, who assists in the care and distribution of the stores. Ordnance sergeants have charge of the ammunition at military posts. 3. A lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the doctor of the civil law; called also serjeant at law. 4. A title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign; as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant, surgeon. 5. The cobia. Drill sergeant. See the Note under def. 2, above. The cow pilot. Alternative forms: serjeant. Both spellings are authorised. In England serjeant is usually preferred, except for military officers. In the United States sergeant is common for civil officers also. Origin: F. Sergent, fr. L. Serviens, -entis, p. Pr. Of servire to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sergeant

serf
serfage
serfages
serfdom
serfdoms
serfhood
serfhoods
serfish
serflike
serfs
serfship
serfships
sergeancies
sergeancy
sergeant (current term)
sergeant-at-arms
sergeant-at-law
sergeant-major
sergeant-majorly
sergeant-majors
sergeant at arms
sergeant baker
sergeant fish
sergeant major
sergeant major loach
sergeantcies
sergeantcy
sergeanties

Literary usage of Sergeant

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"1 first lieutenant, 1 1 second lieutenant, 1 first sergeant, 1 mess sergeant, 1 supply sergeant. 8 sergeants, 17 corporals, ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Gunnery sergeant, 5th Marines, Chateau-Thierry, 6 June 1918. ... SYDNEY G. GUMPERTZ, First sergeant, Co. E, 132nd Infantry, Bois de Forges, 26 September. ..."

3. The Writings in Prose and Verse of Rudyard Kipling by Rudyard Kipling (1903)
"PHARAOH AND THE sergeant "... Consider that the meritorious services of the sergeant Instructors attached to the Egyptian Army have been inadequately ..."

4. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1863)
"Fisher, II; Alexander Jameson, II; William Gleason, I ; William Fam-ll, I ; A. Faust, Corporal, I ; J. Benedict, sergeant, К ; D. II. ..."

5. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1879)
"murmured the sergeant, sinking upon one knee. " Yes, I am the mouthpiece ... The sergeant rose to his feet as the SPEAKER disappeared through the corridor. ..."

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