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staff sergeant

U.S. Air Force. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a technical sergeant and above an airman first class.
U.S. Army. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a sergeant first class and above a sergeant.
U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a gunnery sergeant and above a sergeant.
Origin of staff sergeant
First recorded in 1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Even without his suggestion I should wish to have you with me as my staff sergeant.

    The Master of Warlock George Cary Eggleston
  • It was in an enlisted club or staff sergeant's club, something of that nature.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The staff sergeant took the card with his left hand, saluted smartly again with his right, and looked at Dave and Freddy.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
  • There used to be a tough guy over there,—a staff sergeant, he was—that gave lectures on military morals in a deep bass voice.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for staff sergeant

staff sergeant

noun (military)
(Brit) a noncommissioned officer holding a rank between sergeant and warrant officer and employed on administrative duties
  1. (in the Army) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below sergeant first class
  2. (in the Air Force) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above airman first class and below technical sergeant
  3. (in the Marine Corps) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below gunnery sergeant
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