sergeant at arms



an executive officer of a legislative or other body, whose duty it is to enforce its commands, preserve order, etc.

Nearby words

  1. serf,
  2. serfdom,
  3. serge,
  4. sergeancy,
  5. sergeant,
  6. sergeant at law,
  7. sergeant baker,
  8. sergeant first class,
  9. sergeant major,
  10. sergeantfish

Origin of sergeant at arms

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sergeant at arms

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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