There were at least two sergeants, he claimed furiously, whose turn it should have been to go on this arduous mission.
I hope it is still to be seen in the sergeants' mess of the dear old regiment.
In a big, new, gilded room sailors and sergeants played checkers and more serious Venetians worked out dismal problems in chess.
In such terms do sergeants denote commanders-in-chief—at a distance.
Horses stamped and snorted; sergeants swore continually; officers nagged and shouted.
Captain Bennett glanced from one to another of his five sergeants.
Behind us came the sergeants with the remainder, for rear-guard.
The sergeants hooked their own horses in, and off we went again.
sergeants, on that day acting as servants to the men, bore off from the carving-tables plates piled high.
I may as well here give the details about the sergeants of our regiment.
c.1200, "servant," from Old French sergent, serjant "(domestic) servant, valet; court official; soldier," from Medieval Latin servientum (nominative serviens) "servant, vassal, soldier" (in Late Latin "public official"), from Latin servientem "serving," present participle of servire "to serve" (see serve (v.)); cognate with Spanish sirviente, Italian servente; a twin of servant, and 16c. writers sometimes use the two words interchangeably.
Specific sense of "military servant" is attested from late 13c.; that of "officer whose duty is to enforce judgments of a tribunal or legislative body" is from c.1300 (sergeant at arms is attested from late 14c.). Meaning "non-commissioned military officer" first recorded 1540s. Originally a much more important rank than presently. As a police rank, in Great Britain from 1839.
Middle English alternative spelling serjeant (from Old French) was retained in Britain in special use as title of a superior order of barristers (c.1300, from legal Latin serviens ad legem, "one who serves (the king) in matters of law"), from which Common Law judges were chosen; also used of certain other officers of the royal household. sergeant-major is from 1570s. The sergeant-fish (1871) so-called for lateral markings resembling a sergeant's stripes. Related: Sergeancy.
Acts 16:35, 38 (R.V., "lictors"), officers who attended the magistrates and assisted them in the execution of justice.