What does sergeant mean?

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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.

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.

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, grantees, greatens, reagents, rentages, segreant, 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. Clay Martin:

    Mike Nelson told the Times. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Clay Martin, a retired Army Special Forces sergeant first class, told the paper that The Army should have waited to see if Mathew Golsteyn was convicted before taking Mathew Golsteyn awards. I honestly think Clay Martin would have won at court martial as well.

  2. John Jay Chapman:

    Try to raise a voice that shall be heard from here to Albany and watch what it is that comes forward to shut off the sound. It is not a German sergeant, nor a Russian officer of the precinct. It is a note from a friend of your fathers offering you a place in his office. This is your warning from the secret police. Why, if any of you young gentlemen have a mind to get heard a mile off, you must make a bonfire of your reputation, and a close enemy of most men who wish you well. And what will you get in return? Well, if I must for the benefit of the economists, charge you up with some selfish gain, I will say that you get the satisfaction of having been heard, and that this is the whole possible scope of human ambition.

  3. An Army vet:

    Sergeant Hoffman was back, i was on a mission and told myself I would stop searching for Bridget under two conditions: She returned home or I knew with certainty that she was dead.

  4. Kevin McCarthy:

    The Capitol Police should not have been put in this position, they should have been able to have the resources, the training, the equipment. They shouldn't be locked in a bus away. We should not have a sergeant of arms that waits to ask for a political answer when it comes to the need for reinforcements. Especially if you knew for weeks in advance.

  5. Edward Berthelot/GC Images:

    I went out on call with a sergeant. We got a call of a man outside his house with a rifle that was distraught. We pulled up and did a U-turn past the house and came up short of the house. He told me to sit in the car, which I was gonna do. I wasn’t getting out, he got out. As he got out, another car came screaming up and two young people jumped out screaming. As it turned out, it was their grandfather. This policeman defused the entire situation by just remaining calm.

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