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lance sergeant

noun, British Military.
a sergeant of the lowest rank.
(formerly) a corporal appointed to act as sergeant, without increase in pay; an acting sergeant.
Origin of lance sergeant
First recorded in 1805-15; See origin at lance corporal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Mutiny in the barracks," shouted a lance sergeant who heard Giles's threat to smite the corporal.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan Stanton P. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for lance sergeant

lance sergeant

a corporal acting as a sergeant, usually on a temporary basis and without additional pay
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