What does sergeant mean?

Definitions for sergeant
ˈsɑr dʒəntsergeant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sergeant(noun)

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

  2. police sergeant, sergeant(noun)

    a lawman with the rank of sergeant

  3. serjeant-at-law, serjeant, sergeant-at-law, sergeant(noun)

    an English barrister of the highest rank

Wiktionary

  1. sergeant(Noun)

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

    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.

  2. sergeant(Noun)

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

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sergeant(noun)

    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

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

  2. Sergeant(noun)

    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

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

  3. Sergeant(noun)

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

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

  4. Sergeant(noun)

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

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

  5. Sergeant(noun)

    the cobia

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

Freebase

  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 »

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How to say sergeant in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker:

    We honor the memory of Sergeant Carson Holmquist, and we will never forget the courage and sacrifice he displayed serving this great country.

  2. 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.

  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. Toni Gross:

    Craig said. The family made the sudden 1,000-mile trip from Tampa, Florida, to Dover Air Force Base to accept his body in person. Frank Gross with his father Craig; Frank was killed in 2011 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan (Fox News) Toni said: That was such a dark time of our life. Although it was one of their lowest lows, there was support -- thanks to the Fisher House and the organization behind it. The Fisher Foundation helps military families around the country whose loved ones are in the hospital. In all, the non-profit has helped more than 300,000 families since 1990 by donating 58 houses across the country and in Germany and the United Kingdom. But the house at Dover Air Force Base was built specifically for families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. Frank Gross with his mother Toni, who has been volunteering at Fisher House (Fox News) That, I think, was the most important Fisher House that we've ever built said Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. We believe in the power of family. We believe in, obviously, bringing the plight of the military family to light. This house is run by members of the Air Force — including house manager, technical sergeant Dorothy Whitfield. This house is their safe haven while they are here at Dover for their short stay, Whitfield said. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a living room full of toys to make the family's hardest day somewhat easier. Whitfield said: If they're are sad and they want to cry, we're right there with them and we'll cry with them. Years after the Gross’ visit, the Fisher House is still making an impact on the family’s lives. Toni began volunteering. I just knew that I needed to give back and encourage others. I also knew that by giving back my spirit would be lifted.

  5. Recruit Hardy:

    He was so stern. A man of his word, he'd come home and tell us about what he'd witness out there. He was the only African-American sergeant in the department and was able to overcome the challenges. He instilled good values and I looked up to that.

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