What does sergeant mean?

Definitions for sergeant
ˈsɑr dʒəntsergeant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sergeantnoun

    any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal

  2. police sergeant, sergeantnoun

    a lawman with the rank of sergeant

  3. serjeant-at-law, serjeant, sergeant-at-law, sergeantnoun

    an English barrister of the highest rank


  1. sergeantnoun

    UK army rank with NATO code OR-6, senior to corporal and junior to warrant officer ranks.

  2. sergeantnoun

    The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in some non-naval military forces and police.

  3. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SERGEANTnoun

    Etymology: sergent, French; sergente, Italian, from servicus, Latin.

    Had I but time, as this fell sergeant, death,
    Is strict in his arrest, oh, I could tell. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    When it was day the magistrates sent the sergeants, saying, let these men go. Acts xvi. 35.

    This is the sergeant,
    Who, like a good and hardy soldier, fought. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    None should be made sergeants, but such as probably might be held fit to be judges afterwards. Francis Bacon.


  1. sergeant

    A sergeant is a rank in the military, law enforcement, or other similar organizations, typically just below an officer rank, and it often denotes a non-commissioned officer with specific duties and responsibilities. The title also varies in its responsibilities and roles across different organizations and contexts. It is derived from the old French term "sergent," meaning servant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sergeantnoun

    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

  2. Sergeantnoun

    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

  3. Sergeantnoun

    a lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the doctor of the civil law; -- called also serjeant at law

  4. Sergeantnoun

    a title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign; as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant, surgeon

  5. Sergeantnoun

    the cobia

  6. Etymology: [F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, -entis, p. pr. of servire to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant.]


  1. Sergeant

    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

  1. Sergeant

    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

  1. sergeant

    The senior non-commissioned rank in the army and marines.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sergeant

    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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sergeant is ranked #19498 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sergeant surname appeared 1,385 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sergeant.

    77.1% or 1,068 total occurrences were White.
    17.2% or 239 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 25 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sergeant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3720

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sergeant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3576

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sergeant' in Nouns Frequency: #1461

Anagrams for sergeant »

  1. estrange

  2. grantees

  3. greatens

  4. reagents

  5. rentages

  6. segreant

  7. sternage

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sergeant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sergeant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sergeant in a Sentence

  1. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo:

    The sergeant was right there getting ready to put the horses away for the night, as he held two horses with one hand, he discharged at least one round with a single-handed shot.

  2. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison:

    At some point, the sergeant became engaged with the vehicle, the driver hit the gas and accelerated, dragging the sergeant what we think is about two blocks and striking another car along the way.

  3. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo:

    The sergeant was right there getting ready to put the horses away for the night. As he held two horses with one hand, he discharged at least one round with a single-handed shot.

  4. Pen Farthing:

    As the troop sergeant, I was there to motivate the guys and get them fired up again to go out and do the job. ... But no one was doing that for me, my time with this dog was a way of de-stressing, collecting my thoughts and popping my head back in the game.

  5. Chuck Hagel:

    If anybody would have told Sergeant Hagel walking off that plane with my duffel bag where I'd be 46 years down the road, that would have been pretty hard for me to believe it, i mean, the privileges I've had have just been tremendous.

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