[ sahr-juh nt ]
/ ˈsɑr dʒənt /


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
Related formsser·gean·cy [sahr-juh n-see] /ˈsɑr dʒən si/, ser·geant·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant at law (1 of 2)

sergeant at law


a variant spelling of serjeant at law

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant at law (2 of 2)


/ (ˈsɑːdʒənt) /


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 Formssergeancy (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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Word Origin and History for sergeant at law


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