staff sergeant

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noun

U.S. Air Force. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a technical sergeant and above an airman first class.
U.S. Army. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a sergeant first class and above a sergeant.
U.S. Marine Corps. a noncommissioned officer ranking below a gunnery sergeant and above a sergeant.

Nearby words

  1. staff nurse,
  2. staff of aesculapius,
  3. staff of life,
  4. staff officer,
  5. staff section,
  6. staff sergeant major,
  7. staffa,
  8. staffer,
  9. staffing,
  10. staffman

Origin of staff sergeant

First recorded in 1805–15

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Examples from the Web for staff sergeant

  • It was on this day that my nephew, Staff-Sergeant Nickson, was wounded.

    Five Months at Anzac|Joseph Lievesley Beeston


British Dictionary definitions for staff sergeant

staff sergeant

noun military

British a noncommissioned officer holding a rank between sergeant and warrant officer and employed on administrative duties
US
  1. (in the Army) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below sergeant first class
  2. (in the Air Force) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above airman first class and below technical sergeant
  3. (in the Marine Corps) a noncommissioned officer who ranks above sergeant and below gunnery sergeant
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