[ sen-tree ]
/ ˈsɛn tri /
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noun, plural sen·tries.
a soldier stationed at a place to stand guard and prevent the passage of unauthorized persons, watch for fires, etc., especially a sentinel stationed at a pass, gate, opening in a defense work, or the like.
a member of a guard or watch.
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Origin of sentry
1605–15; short for sentrinel, variant of sentinel
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How to use sentry in a sentence
Crucifixes and shrines surrounded the clearing like the sentries of a beleaguering army.Three More John Silence Stories|Algernon Blackwood
She walked to Merrion Gates along the tram line about four miles, when she was stopped by sentries.The Sinn Fein rebellion As I Saw It.|Mrs. Hamilton Norway
Of course when she goes to her fort her sentries sing out Turn out the guard!A Horse's Tale|Mark Twain
The two sentries at the gate stood to arms passively, and there seemed to be a continuous circulation inside and out.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
We had to station sentries on the trenches to keep the men back; they were so eager to talk to the Germans.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie|George Brenton Laurie
British Dictionary definitions for sentry
/ (ˈsɛntrɪ) /
noun plural -tries
a soldier who guards or prevents unauthorized access to a place, keeps watch for danger, etc
the watch kept by a sentry
Word Origin for sentry
C17: perhaps shortened from obsolete centrinel, C16 variant of sentinel
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