any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
police sergeant, sergeant(noun)
a lawman with the rank of sergeant
serjeant-at-law, serjeant, sergeant-at-law, sergeant(noun)
an English barrister of the highest rank
UK army rank with NATO code OR-6, senior to corporal and junior to warrant officer ranks.
The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in some non-naval military forces and police.
Origin: From sergeant, sergeaunt, serjent, serjaunt, serjawnt, sergant, from sergeant, sergent, serjant, sergient, sergant, from servientem, accusative of serviens, from serviens, present participle of servio. More at servant.
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
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
a lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the doctor of the civil law; -- called also serjeant at law
a title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign; as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant, surgeon
Origin: [F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, -entis, p. pr. of servire to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant.]
Sergeant is a rank used in some form by most militaries, police forces, and other uniformed organizations around the world. Its origins are the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term sergent. In most armies the rank of sergeant is classified by NATO as OR-5 and corresponds to command of a squad. In Commonwealth armies, it is a more senior rank OR-6, corresponding roughly to a platoon second-in-command. In the United States Army, sergeant is a more junior rank corresponding to a four-man fireteam leader, while still equivalent to OR-5. More senior non-commissioned ranks are often variations on sergeant, for instance staff sergeant, regimental sergeant major, sergeant first class, master sergeant, first sergeant and sergeant major. The spelling "serjeant" is used in a few regiments of the British Army.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
Serjeant, sär′jent, n. 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.—ns. Ser′geancy, Ser′geantcy, Ser′geantship, office of a sergeant; Ser′geant-at-arms, an officer of a legislative body for keeping order, &c.; Ser′geant-fish, the cobra, so called from the lateral stripes; Ser′geant-mā′jor, the highest non-commissioned officer, employed to assist the adjutant: the cow-pilot, a fish; Ser′geantry, Ser′geanty, a kind of feudal tenure on condition of service due to the king only; Ser′jeant-at-arms, an officer who attends upon the Lord Chancellor with the mace, and who executes various writs of process in the course of a Chancery suit: a similar officer who attends on each House of Parliament, and arrests any person ordered by the House to be arrested; Ser′jeant-at-law, formerly in England the highest degree of barrister, once with exclusive audience in the Court of Common Pleas, their proper dress a violet-coloured robe with a scarlet hood, and a black coif, represented in modern times by a patch of silk at the top of the wig.—Grand sergeanty, a tenure of lands by special honorary service to the king; Petit sergeanty, a tenure of lands by a rent or tender. [Fr. sergent—L. serviens, -entis, pr.p. of servīre, to serve.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The senior non-commissioned rank in the army and marines.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A non-commissioned officer in a company, battery, or troop, usually selected from among the corporals on account of his general intelligence and good conduct. He is vested with the command of small detachments, and sometimes with his company in the absence of his superior officers.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Sergeant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3720
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Sergeant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3576
Rank popularity for the word 'Sergeant' in Nouns Frequency: #1461
estrange, grantees, greatens, reagents, rentages, segreant, sternage
The numerical value of Sergeant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of Sergeant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of Sergeant in a Sentence
We lost a darned good sergeant.
I've lost a sergeant, we've lost a friend.
The guy really spent time developing the officers he supervised. we lost a darned good sergeant.
I carried on, and said, ‘I’m OK, and now I’ve got this excuse to be a mean, gruff sergeant.
My conclusion is that there were no soldiers killed who were deliberately looking for Sergeant Bergdahl.
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- наредник, водникMacedonian
- sersjantNorwegian Nynorsk
- vodnik, narednik, narednicaSerbo-Croatian
- vódnica, vódnikSlovene
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