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lance sergeant

noun British Military.
  1. a sergeant of the lowest rank.
  2. (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
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Historical Examples

  • Lance-Sergeant Belcher was afterwards promoted second lieutenant.

    The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10)

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British Dictionary definitions for lance sergeant

lance sergeant

noun
  1. a corporal acting as a sergeant, usually on a temporary basis and without additional pay
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