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noun,plural sen·tries.
  1. 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.

  2. a member of a guard or watch.

Origin of sentry

1605–15; short for sentrinel, variant of sentinel

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British Dictionary definitions for sentry


/ (ˈsɛntrɪ) /

nounplural -tries
  1. a soldier who guards or prevents unauthorized access to a place, keeps watch for danger, etc

  2. the watch kept by a sentry

Origin of sentry

C17: perhaps shortened from obsolete centrinel, C16 variant of sentinel

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