The Judge looked towards Mr. serjeant Wiltshire, who was the leader on the other side.
serjeant Philips—You presented your friend with it when he was discontented.
Then serjeant Bluestone made his statement, and the case was proceeded with after the fashion of such trials.
He is weaponed rather in the street, than the highway, for he fears not a thief, but a serjeant.
One night I was serjeant of the guard at brigade headquarters.
Then there was a cry of Order; and he was threatened with the serjeant and the Tower.
Here it is, sir,” said the serjeant; “but in your present disabled state you cannot make use of it.
The serjeant then stopped a minute, and whispered with his junior.
The late serjeant Ballantine, who was one of his pupils, mentions him in his autobiography.
He was made a serjeant in 1827, the very year of the memorable trial.
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.