Sergeant definition

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The definition of a sergeant is a non commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, the Air Force or Marines, or a police officer who is junior to a lieutenant.

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.

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Any of several ranks of noncommissioned officers in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps.

Master gunnery sergeant; staff sergeant.

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(historical) A feudal servant who attends his master in battle.
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One who holds any of these ranks.
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The rank of police officer next below a captain, lieutenant, or inspector.
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A police officer holding this rank.
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(u.s. army, u.s. marine corps) A noncommissioned officer of the fifth grade, ranking above a corporal and below a staff sergeant.
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(u.s. air force) A noncommissioned officer of the fourth grade, ranking above airman first class and below staff sergeant.
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Generally, any of the noncommissioned officers in the U.S. armed forces with sergeant as part of the title of their rank.
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In the U.S., a police officer ranking next below a captain or a lieutenant.
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In England, a police officer ranking just below an inspector.
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A surname​.
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A sergeant at arms.
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A noncommissioned rank in the US Army or Marine Corps that is above corporal and below staff sergeant.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
sergeant
Plural:
sergeants

Origin of sergeant

  • Middle English sergeaunte a common soldier from Old French sergent from Medieval Latin serviēns servient- servant, soldier from Late Latin public official from Latin present participle of servīre to serve from servus slave

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition