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.


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Origin of lance sergeant

First recorded in 1805–15; see origin at lance corporal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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