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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.


lance sergeant

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of lance sergeant1

First recorded in 1805–15; lance corporal
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Example Sentences

Lance-Sergeant Belcher was afterwards promoted second lieutenant.

"Mutiny in the barracks," shouted a lance sergeant who heard Giles's threat to smite the corporal.

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