- sergeant at arms,
- sergeant at law,
- sergeant baker,
- sergeant first class,
- sergeant major
Origin of sergeant
Examples from the Web for sergeant
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.
A squad soon arrived to take him away, and I saw the sergeant punch him in the face even though he went quietly.
One sergeant is quoted saying that Garner “did not appear to be in great distress.”
The contemporary Luz James, a military brat, lives with her sergeant mother.
A sergeant from the Directorate General of Prisons, Mina Olmedo, was shot and killed, and eleven other guards were badly injured.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even our sergeant, who helped during the night, took a comrade off in the morning and disappeared.My War Experiences in Two Continents|Sarah Macnaughtan
A sergeant came out with a little packet which he handed to Martin.One Man's Initiation--1917|John Dos Passos
Rawdon and Lowndes had hardly got away on the train when Sergeant Stowell and his party came searching.Lanier of the Cavalry|Charles King
I have received five wounds in the service and was made corporal and sergeant on the field of battle.Military Career of Napoleon the Great|Montgomery B. Gibbs
Dick was at the head of the column with Colonel Winchester and the sergeant.The Rock of Chickamauga|Joseph A. Altsheler
- (in Britain) a police officer ranking between constable and inspector
- (in the US) a police officer ranking below a captain
Word Origin for sergeant
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c.1200, "servant," from Old French sergent, serjant "(domestic) servant, valet; court official; soldier," from Medieval Latin servientum (nominative serviens) "servant, vassal, soldier" (in Late Latin "public official"), from Latin servientem "serving," present participle of servire "to serve" (see serve (v.)); cognate with Spanish sirviente, Italian servente; a twin of servant, and 16c. writers sometimes use the two words interchangeably.
Specific sense of "military servant" is attested from late 13c.; that of "officer whose duty is to enforce judgments of a tribunal or legislative body" is from c.1300 (sergeant at arms is attested from late 14c.). Meaning "non-commissioned military officer" first recorded 1540s. Originally a much more important rank than presently. As a police rank, in Great Britain from 1839.
Middle English alternative spelling serjeant (from Old French) was retained in Britain in special use as title of a superior order of barristers (c.1300, from legal Latin serviens ad legem, "one who serves (the king) in matters of law"), from which Common Law judges were chosen; also used of certain other officers of the royal household. sergeant-major is from 1570s. The sergeant-fish (1871) so-called for lateral markings resembling a sergeant's stripes. Related: Sergeancy.
city in northern England, Old English Eoforwic, earlier Eborakon (c.150), an ancient Celtic name, probably meaning "Yew-Tree Estate," but Eburos may also be a personal name. Yorkshire pudding is recorded from 1747; Yorkshire terrier first attested 1872; short form Yorkie is from 1950.