Origin of sergeant
Related Words for sergeantdetective, captain, police, deputy, sleuth, reporter, agent, spy, informer, prosecutor, enforcer, cop, sheriff, badge, arm, flatfoot, noncom, centurion, fink, eye
Examples from the Web for sergeant
Contemporary Examples of sergeant
“Stay in formation,” a sergeant from the ceremonial unit said over a public address system to the cops along the street.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
A squad soon arrived to take him away, and I saw the sergeant punch him in the face even though he went quietly.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
One sergeant is quoted saying that Garner “did not appear to be in great distress.”The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
The contemporary Luz James, a military brat, lives with her sergeant mother.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014
July 8, 2014
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
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of sergeant
Sergeant Wilde was met on his entry into the town by almost the whole population.
We would do anything in our power for Sergeant Wilde and for the cause, but we cannot starve!'
Then he turned to the sergeant, who was smoking philosophically.
"We're beaten, it seems, already," he cried to the sergeant.
He asked for a corporal or a sergeant who could write and stand fire at the same time.The Boy Life of Napoleon
- (in Britain) a police officer ranking between constable and inspector
- (in the US) a police officer ranking below a captain
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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.