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sergeant at arms

noun
  1. an executive officer of a legislative or other body, whose duty it is to enforce its commands, preserve order, etc.
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Origin of sergeant at arms

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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sergeant at arms

noun
  1. an officer of a legislative or fraternal body responsible for maintaining internal order
  2. (formerly) an officer who served a monarch or noble, esp as an armed attendant
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Also: sergeant, serjeant at arms, serjeant
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