sergeant at arms
- an executive officer of a legislative or other body, whose duty it is to enforce its commands, preserve order, etc.
Origin of sergeant at arms
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for sergeant at arms
MacKay also had been a bagpiper and the sergeant-at-arms of the Inland Empire Emerald Society.Det. Jeremiah MacKay: Proud New Father Killed in Christopher Dorner Shootout
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The Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms said Thursday that both would still operate, although perhaps in limited numbers.The Capitol Hill Shutdown Slumber Party
Daniel Stone, Eve Conant
April 7, 2011
The head of the police, the Sergeant-at-Arms himself, could not interfere.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
To this he made no reply, but said that the Sergeant-at-Arms must know his duty.The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1
John Charles Dent
The voice of the Sergeant-at-arms exclaimed, "God save the King!"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
He stood at the door of The Guesser's cubicle, accompanied by a sergeant-at-arms.
The sergeant-at-arms didn't need to follow him; he had been let off very lightly.
sergeant at arms
- an officer of a legislative or fraternal body responsible for maintaining internal order
- (formerly) an officer who served a monarch or noble, esp as an armed attendant
Also: sergeant, serjeant at arms, serjeant
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