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flight sergeant
sergeant major
staff sergeant
▪ Three groups are easy prey to the underclass's recruiting sergeant.
▪ The recruiting sergeant looked up at him and winked.
▪ When she'd first qualified in forensic medicine he'd been a young sergeant.
▪ I asked of a young sergeant marching on the flank.
▪ Saunders was dead, and so was the young sergeant who had questioned them.
▪ At this point the young sergeant, David Evans, strolled into the room.
▪ Eye witnesses identified the gunman as an army sergeant.
▪ Now, detectives are investigating the possibility that a fourth woman may have been slain by the retired Army sergeant.
▪ Phil Silvers had made an institution for himself out of the rank of an army sergeant.
▪ I drove to the nearest police station, handed in the knife and told the desk sergeant my story.
▪ A desk sergeant, after booking somebody for a crime, would ask him if he could make bond.
▪ He would leave the packet open so that the desk sergeant saw they were not getting a parcel bomb.
▪ I was called from the incident room by the desk sergeant who recognised her.
▪ An equinoctial energy appeared to have got the desk sergeant at Police Headquarters on the move beyond the call of duty.
▪ He explained to the desk sergeant that he was worried that his sister had been murdered by her husband, Joseph Shill.
▪ The desk sergeant contacted Superintendent Misty Hayes and a missing person enquiry commenced.
▪ The desk sergeant was listening to her headset.
▪ He was asked to wait and then shown into a room where a detective sergeant prepared to take a statement from him.
▪ But the venture threatens her romance with Detective sergeant William Pigram.
▪ Lucky the geezer didn't know what a detective sergeant gets paid or he might have got suspicious.
▪ Saw police detective sergeant who was very understanding.
▪ It rapidly deflated his pompous stance and produced an about-face smart enough to have pleased a drill sergeant.
▪ The drill sergeant is still throwing glower-glances at him.
▪ A seventh Army drill sergeant at Aberdeen was charged Tuesday with rape, extortion, obstruction of justice and other offenses.
▪ My exam arrived the day my drill sergeant put his hand in my pants.
▪ And, recently, Aberdeen drill sergeants and Naval Academy midshipmen have been among its most celebrated inmates.
▪ Now I see that I started out as a drill sergeant.
▪ Like at boot camp, soldiers going through specialized training are completely dependent on their drill sergeants and instructors.
▪ Already it has led to courts-martial and suspensions of dozens of drill sergeants and instructors.
▪ Never mind that old sergeant major of yours won't lie down, you're not doin' any ironing.
▪ Why would the command sergeant major want to talk to you?
▪ Turner exchanged a glance with his staff sergeant.
▪ Carter, a staff sergeant who worked in a Los Angeles tire facility after the war, passed away in 1963.
▪ She asked for the duty sergeant.
▪ I asked of a young sergeant marching on the flank.
▪ He would leave the packet open so that the desk sergeant saw they were not getting a parcel bomb.
▪ I was called from the incident room by the desk sergeant who recognised her.
▪ Later that afternoon the duty sergeant allowed him an hour off to dig the grave in which they would bury Private Prescott.
▪ Reeves continued his military career, was promoted to sergeant and was often stationed overseas while his wife remained in Copperas Cove.
▪ Smith admits he did wrong by committing adultery with the wife of a Marine sergeant, while the enlisted man was overseas.
▪ The sergeant felt uneasy while he and Blanche stood on the drawbridge.
▪ Two policemen are responsible for community relations and two policewomen for juvenile liaison, one each of whom is a sergeant.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Sergeant \Ser"geant\, n. [F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, -entis, p. pr. of servire to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant.] [Written also serjeant. Both spellings are authorized. In England serjeant is usually preferred, except for military officers. In the United States sergeant is common for civil officers also.]

  1. 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.
    --Acts xvi. 35.

    This fell sergeant, Death, Is strict in his arrest.

  2. (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.

    Note: In the United States service, besides the sergeants belonging to the companies there are, in each regiment, a sergeant major, who is the chief noncommissioned officer, and has important duties as the assistant to the adjutant; a quartermaster sergeant, who assists the quartermaster; a color sergeant, who carries the colors; and a commissary sergeant, who assists in the care and distribution of the stores. Ordnance sergeants have charge of the ammunition at military posts.

  3. (Law) A lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the doctor of the civil law; -- called also serjeant at law. [Eng.]

  4. A title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign; as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant, surgeon. [Eng.]

  5. (Zo["o]l.) The cobia. Drill sergeant. (Mil.) See under Drill. Sergeant-at-arms, an officer of a legislative body, or of a deliberative or judicial assembly, who executes commands in preserving order and arresting offenders. See Sergeant, 1. Sergeant major.

    1. (Mil.) See the Note under def. 2, above.

    2. (Zo["o]l.) The cow pilot.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "servant," from Old French sergent, serjant "(domestic) servant, valet; court official; soldier," from Medieval Latin servientum (nominative serviens) "servant, vassal, soldier" (in Late Latin "public official"), from Latin servientem "serving," present participle of servire "to serve" (see serve (v.)); cognate with Spanish sirviente, Italian servente; a twin of servant, and 16c. writers sometimes use the two words interchangeably.\n

\nSpecific sense of "military servant" is attested from late 13c.; that of "officer whose duty is to enforce judgments of a tribunal or legislative body" is from c.1300 (sergeant at arms is attested from late 14c.). Meaning "non-commissioned military officer" first recorded 1540s. Originally a much more important rank than presently. As a police rank, in Great Britain from 1839.\n

\nMiddle English alternative spelling serjeant (from Old French) was retained in Britain in special use as title of a superior order of barristers (c.1300, from legal Latin serviens ad legem, "one who serves (the king) in matters of law"), from which Common Law judges were chosen; also used of certain other officers of the royal household. sergeant-major is from 1570s. The sergeant-fish (1871) so-called for lateral markings resembling a sergeant's stripes. Related: Sergeancy.


n. 1 UK army rank with NATO code OR-6, senior to corporal and junior to warrant officer ranks. 2 The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in some non-naval military forces and police.

  1. n. any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the army or air force or marines ranking above a corporal

  2. a lawman with the rank of sergeant [syn: police sergeant]

  3. an English barrister of the highest rank [syn: serjeant-at-law, serjeant, sergeant-at-law]

Sergeant (disambiguation)

Sergeant is a police or military rank.

Sergeant may also refer to:

Sergeant (Sweden and Finland)

Sergeant (kersantti in Finnish) is a Swedish and Finnish military rank above korpral in Sweden and alikersantti in Finland; and below förste sergeant in Sweden and Ylikersantti in Finland.

Sweden Sergeant is a rank given to contracted personnel. Holders of the rank generally serve as squad leaders or deputy squad leaders (6-8 men). Finland contracted NCOs usually start from sergeant, in infantry platoons sergeants may serve as squad leaders (6-8 men), deputy platoon commanders (~30 men) or rarely even a platoon commanders, or at company level as Company Sergeant Majors.

Sergeant, (normally abbreviated to Sgt) is a rank used in many armies, police forces, and other uniformed organizations. Its origins are in the Latin serviens, "one who serves", through the French term sergent.

The term "sergeant" refers to a Non Commissioned Army Officer placed above the rank of a Corporal and a Police Officer immediately below a Lieutenant. In most armies the rank of sergeant corresponds to command of a squad (or section). In Commonwealth armies, it is a more senior rank, 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.

More senior non-commissioned ranks are often variations on sergeant, for example staff sergeant, first sergeant and sergeant major.

Many countries use the rank of sergeant, whether in English or using a cognate with the same origin in another language. The equivalent rank in Arab armies is raqeeb, meaning "overseer" or "watcher".

Sergeant (band)

Sergeant were a 4-piece indie rock band from Glenrothes in Fife, Scotland. In 2007 they signed a contract with Mercury Records. The band played both 2007 T in the Park and Glastonbury festivals and have attracted a fanbase and media attention extending well outside their Scottish base. Xfm Scotland's Jim Gellatly has marked the band as one of his favourites for 2007.

Prior to the release of their first album, the band were chosen to support Oasis on the four Scottish dates and also to support The Fratellis on the full UK tour.

Sergeant (surname)

Sergeant is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Adeline Sergeant (1851–1904), English writer
  • Edward Guthlac Sergeant (1881–1961), English chess master
  • Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant (1881–1965), American journalist and writer
  • George Sergeant (1881–1971), American attorney and mayor of Dallas, Texas
  • Howard Sergeant (1914–1987), British poet and editor
  • John Sergeant (politician) (1779–1852), American politician and member of the US House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • John Sergeant (journalist) (born 1944), British journalist and broadcaster
  • John Sergeant (priest) (1623–1707 or 1710), English Roman Catholic priest, controversialist and theologian
  • Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant (1746–1793), lawyer, representative for New Jersey in the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and 1777 and Attorney General of Pennsylvania
  • Malcolm Sargent (1895–1967), British orchestra conductor
  • Marc Sergeant (born 1959), Belgian former professional road bicycle racer and team manager
  • Peta Sergeant, Australian actress
  • Peter Sergeant (died 1714), English-born merchant in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Philip Walsingham Sergeant (1872–1952), British chess and history writer
  • Richard Sergeant (died 1586), beatified English Roman Catholic priest and martyr
  • Sharon Sergeant (born 1947), forensic genealogist
  • Tony Sergeant (born 1977), Belgian retired football midfielder
  • Will Sergeant (born 1958), English guitarist best known as a member of Echo & the Bunnymen

Usage examples of "sergeant".

Captain Nekrasov refused to accommodate me, but his sergeant proved far more generous with the facts.

With officers, sergeants, and corporals amplifying the simple command, the 47th North Carolina became a long gray serpent that wound its way out of the encampment, as if shedding a confining winter skin, and tramped north up the road toward Orange Court House.

Sergeant Shankey was arriving at just that moment to relieve the misfortunate Turner.

We were ambushed, and the Sergeant got a bad hurt, and would have lost his scalp, but for a sort of inbred turn I took to the weapon.

God send that the lad may not run alongside of the bank, and fall into an ambushment, as befell the Sergeant!

Major Banning be there if he knew it was Gunnery Sergeant Zimmerman calling?

Sergeant Zimmerman is calling for either Major Banning or Captain McCoy.

Four men--two Romanian privates, an Italian Bersagliere sergeant and a man in full evening dress--came staggering along with a sedan chair the size of a compartment in a railway carriage between them.

Sergeant Blane leapt in with his platoon and sealed the event, blasting left and right with his lasgun as his men charged, bayonets first.

He told her about the effort to find the Kanitewa boy to keep his Navajo grandmother happy, and what had happened, and about Chee going back with Sergeant Blizzard, the cop from the BIA.

Ford Escort, parked fifth row from the screen with pickup trucks on both sides of them, with Janet sitting beside him and Sergeant Harold Blizzard hulking over them in the backseat.

Before three short months had passed, Sergeant Campbell and Miss Bloomer observed more than once the finger of scorn pointed at them.

The bonze muttered the shortest prayer that I had ever heard, and the sergeant at arms asked if the victim had any last words.

His neck lay on the block, and the bonze mumbled a prayer, and the sergeant at arms asked if he had any last words.

Driscoll, who was sergeant of the guard, came from the door as Brigg reached it.