sergeant

Definitions

  • Recruiting Sergeant
    Recruiting Sergeant
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sergeant a lawman with the rank of sergeant
    • n sergeant any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
    • n sergeant an English barrister of the highest rank
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms Do you expect me to send the Sergeant-at-Arms
THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS' DREAM OF THE BAR OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS' DREAM OF THE BAR OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS
The box-opener and sergeant discover Tom asleep The box-opener and sergeant discover Tom asleep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pope John XXIII served as a sergeant in the Italian army during World War I.
    • Sergeant (Law) A lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the doctor of the civil law; -- called also serjeant at law.
    • Sergeant A title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign; as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant, surgeon.
    • Sergeant Formerly, in England, an officer nearly answering to the more modern bailiff of the hundred; also, an officer whose duty was to attend on the king, and on the lord high steward in court, to arrest traitors and other offenders. He is now called sergeant-at-arms, and two of these officers, by allowance of the sovereign, attend on the houses of Parliament (one for each house) to execute their commands, and another attends the Court Chancery. "The sergeant of the town of Rome them sought.""The magistrates sent the serjeant , saying, Let those men go.""This fell sergeant , Death,
      Is strict in his arrest."
    • Sergeant (Mil) In a company, battery, or troop, a noncommissioned officer next in rank above a corporal, whose duty is to instruct recruits in discipline, to form the ranks, etc.
    • Sergeant (Zoöl) The cobia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
    • n sergeant [In this and the next four senses usually spelled serjeant.] A servant; a retainer; an armed attendant; in the fourteenth century, one holding lands by tenure of military service, commonly used as not including those who had received knighthood (afterward called esquires). Serjeants were called to various specific lines of duty besides service in war.
    • n sergeant An officer of an incorporated municipality who was charged with duties corresponding to those previously or elsewhere performed by an officer of the crown.
    • n sergeant Hence, also
    • n sergeant A substitute upon whom a serjeant was allowed to devolve the personal discharge of his duties; a bailiff.
    • n sergeant One of a body or corps attendant on the sovereign, and on the lord high steward on the trial of a peer; a serjeant-at-arms.
    • n sergeant [In this sense the modern spelling is serjeant.] In England and Ireland, a lawyer of high rank. Serjeants at law are appointed by writ or patent of the crown, from among the utter barristers. While they have precedence socially, they are professionally inferior to queen's counsel; formerly, however, the king's (or queen's) premier serjeant and ancient serjeant had precedence of even the attorney-general and solicitor-general. Till the passing of the Judicature Act, 1873, the judges of the superior English common-law courts had to be serjeants; but this is not now required. No serjeants have been created since 1868, and the rank will in all likelihood soon become extinct.
    • n sergeant In Virginia, an officer in towns having powers corresponding to those of constable; in cities, an officer having powers connected with the city court corresponding to those of sheriff, and also charged with collecting city revenues.
    • n sergeant A non-commissioned officer of the army and marines in the grade next above corporal, and usually selected from among the corporals for his intelligence and good conduct. He is appointed to preserve discipline, to teach the drill, and to command detachments, as escorts and the like. Every company has four sergeants, of whom the senior is the color-sergeant. A superior class are the staff-sergeants (see staff-sergeant); and above all is the sergeant-major. See also color-sergeant, commissary-sergeant, drill-sergeant, lance-sergeant, quartermaster-sergeant. Abbreviated Serg.
    • n sergeant A police officer of superior rank.
    • n sergeant A servant in monastic offices.
    • n sergeant In ichthyology, the sergeant-fish.
    • n sergeant A similar attendant on the king's person in France.
    • n sergeant An executive officer in certain legislative bodies. In the United States Senate he serves processes, makes arrests, and aids in preserving order; the sergeant-at-arms in the House of Representatives has similar duties, and also has charge of the pay-accounts of the members.
    • n sergeant [The two spellings sergeant and serjeant are both correct, and were formerly used indifferently. Sergeant, however, is more in accordance with modern analogies, and now generally prevails except in the legal sense, and as applied to feudal tenants, to certain officers of the royal household, and, in part, to officers of municipal and legislative bodies, where the archaic spelling serjeant is retained. See defs. 1–5, above.]
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sergeant sär′jent a non-commissioned officer of the army and marines next above a corporal, overlooking the soldiers in barracks, and assisting the officers in all ways in the field: a bailiff: a constable: a servant in monastic offices: a police-officer of superior rank
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, -entis, p. pr. of servire, to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sergent—L. serviens, -entis, pr.p. of servīre, to serve.

Usage

In literature:

Sergeant Bellews felt a warm sensation.
"The Machine That Saved The World" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The duties of a sergeant are not all hammocks and cigarettes.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
Sergeant Wilson was the one man in the squadron who had hoped against hope, and now that hope was dead.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Sergeant Gray warned two other men in the room to report for guard duty in the morning, then went to Sergeant Hupner's room to warn others.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Sergeant Wright is his proper title.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Sergeant, who found his Sergeant-Major, and the two came with me to our hut.
"A Yeoman's Letters" by P. T. Ross
The horse was the most ignoble, malevolent beast that ever walked, except the sergeant-major in the riding-school.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
His name, he had told the sergeant, was Francois Paul.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
Sergeant James was present, and he flushed up into a rage and bullied the corporal in the way that a sergeant can bully when he is put out.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
Sergeant Gratton, who had been my transport sergeant, took ill before we left Lark Hill.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
I heard a story once about a sergeant and several men who were cut off by the Germans from their battalion.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Called in all haste, the sergeant had immediately made a rapid investigation.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
Sergeant Murphy, an old soldier, came to me and said I was wanted by the sergeant-major immediately.
"Adventures and Recollections" by Bill o'th' Hoylus End
Sergeant McBain's horse kept its nose just ahead of the others.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
A quarter of an hour later they returned with a sergeant and two soldiers.
"Through Russian Snows" by G. A Henty
Altogether, Sergeant Goodtale was a splendid sight.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
You heard what the Sergeant said?
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
No sooner had I done so than the Sergeant, in some excitement, requested me to return with him to Exeter at once.
"The Green God" by Frederic Arnold Kummer
Sergeant Bolte had gone to officers' school at Saumur from Remenoville, and Sergeant Landrus took charge of the First Section in his place.
"Battery E in France" by Frederic R. Kilner
When we boarded the train to go out, it was discovered that the orderly sergeant was drunk.
"Personal Recollections of the Civil War" by James Madison Stone
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In poetry:

The sergeant had a cunning e'e,
An' sune saw thro' the wile—
Quo' he, "The man's gane oot his min'
An' maun be left awhile."
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
As a sergeant flings each arm
Out and across to keep him warm,
And the sudden splashing crack
Of ice-pools broken by our track.
"Battery Moving Up to a New Position from Rest Camp:Dawn" by Robert Nichols
"Cheer up, my man," the sergeant said,
"I'se dae the maist I can
For you: ye've done the thing that's richt,
Like ony honest man."
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton
The boy blushed red, but tenderly
He to the sergeant turned and said:
"That God should mind me what am I?
And yet by Him my soul is fed—
Send this to mother if I die."
"An Incident Of War" by Maurice Thompson
The trooper said to the sergeant’s wife:
‘Sure, I wouldn’t seem unpleasant;
‘But there’s women and childer about the place,
‘And—barrin’ a lady’s present—
"A Little Mistake" by Henry Lawson
"Here lies a sergeant. In the name of Heaven,
Bow down your head before this holy cross!"
So many miles from England! Such a distance
From wives and girls who must endure this loss!
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

He's a special forces-connected sergeant, an officer-in-training, an Afghanistan vet and a recent immigrant to the United States from Nepal .
Embattled New Britain Police Sergeant Retires.
Nineteen Graduate from DOCJT Sergeants Course.
Sergeant Brent Carlson is with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Marina Del Rey Station.
Lentz told a sergeant he was hit in the face with a belt thrown by Anderson.
Pullin is a traffic sergeant for the Twin Falls Police Department.
Pullin is a traffic sergeant for the Twin Falls Police Department.
Four summer pages working in the Senate have exhibited symptoms similar to swine flu and have been quarantined , according to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
Sergeant Tom Hoppe holds his medals at his house in Kingston, Ont.
Sergeant Ed Olsen Reports Encouraging Facts, Figures, and Anecdotes.
Staff sergeant promotions list released.
In 2002, with the help of a legendary spotter, Staff Sergeant Justin Shaffer, he won the Army's international sniper competition.
He retired as a sergeant major.
An Air Force sergeant trains a Kyrgyz soldier in bio defense techniques.
In August 2008, Marine Sergeant Michael Ferschke was killed in battle in Iraq.
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