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provost sergeant

[proh-voh]
noun Military.
  1. the senior noncommissioned officer of a prison or other confinement facility whose chief duty is the supervision of prisoners and of the military police unit.
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Origin of provost sergeant

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for provost sergeant

Historical Examples

  • Sergeant (to the Provost-Sergeant), take charge of these two men.

    Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6)

    John McElroy

  • He took the Provost-Sergeant unt part of his staff with him, but I had to be left behind to finish up this work.

  • As for you, I shall deliver you to the Provost-Sergeant, who will need no words from me to tell him how to deal with you.

  • The Color-Sergeant was provost-Sergeant also, and had entire charge of the prisoners and of the daily policing of the camp.

  • The Provost-Sergeant had been watching them, at the instigation of a sharp-eyed, clerkly-looking man in semi-uniform.