- An example of a sergeant is an Army officer who is senior to a corporal.
- An example of a sergeant is a police officer who is junior to a captain.
- Historical a feudal servant who attends his master in battle
- a noncommissioned officer of the fifth grade, ranking above a corporal and below a staff sergeant
- U.S. Air Force a noncommissioned officer of the fourth grade, ranking above airman first class and below staff sergeant
- generally, any of the noncommissioned officers in the U.S. armed forces with sergeant as part of the title of their rank
- in the U.S., a police officer ranking next below a captain or a lieutenant
- in England, a police officer ranking just below an inspector
Origin of sergeantMiddle English serjaunt ; from Old French sergant ; from Classical Latin serviens, serving ; from servire, to serve
- a. A noncommissioned rank in the US Army or Marine Corps that is above corporal and below staff sergeant.b. Any of several ranks of noncommissioned officers in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps: master gunnery sergeant; staff sergeant.c. One who holds any of these ranks.
- a. The rank of police officer next below a captain, lieutenant, or inspector.b. A police officer holding this rank.
- A sergeant at arms.
Origin of sergeantMiddle English sergeaunte, a common soldier, from Old French sergent, from Medieval Latin servi&emacron;ns, servient-, servant, soldier, from Late Latin, public official, from Latin, present participle of serv&imacron;re, to serve, from servus, slave.
- ser′gean·cy, ser′geant·ship′
- A surname.