- 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
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Lance-Sergeant Belcher was afterwards promoted second lieutenant.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10)
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- a corporal acting as a sergeant, usually on a temporary basis and without additional pay
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