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sergeant

[ sahr-juhnt ]
/ ˈsɑr dʒənt /
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noun
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Also especially British, ser·jeant (for defs. 1-7, 9) .

Origin of sergeant

1150–1200; Middle English sergant, serjant, serjaunt<Old French sergent<Latin servient- (stem of serviēns), present participle of servīre.See serve, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM sergeant

ser·gean·cy [sahr-juhn-see], /ˈsɑr dʒən si/, ser·geant·ship, noun
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How to use sergeant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant

sergeant
/ (ˈsɑːdʒənt) /

noun
a noncommissioned officer in certain armed forces, usually ranking above a corporal
  1. (in Britain) a police officer ranking between constable and inspector
  2. (in the US) a police officer ranking below a captain
a court or municipal officer who has ceremonial duties
(formerly) a tenant by military service, not of knightly rank
Also: serjeant

Derived forms of sergeant

sergeancy (ˈsɑːdʒənsɪ) or sergeantship, noun

Word Origin for sergeant

C12: from Old French sergent, from Latin serviēns, literally: serving, from servīre to serve
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