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Definition of "sergeant" []

  • A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army or Marine Corps that is above corporal and below staff sergeant. (noun)
  • Any of several ranks of noncommissioned officers in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps: master gunnery sergeant; staff sergeant. (noun)
  • One who holds any of these ranks. (noun)
  • The rank of police officer next below a captain, lieutenant, or inspector. (noun)
  • A police officer holding this rank. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sergeant" in a sentence
  • "The term sergeant-at-arms should be replaced by “chief of police, ” or the title of whatever officer serves the warrant."
  • "The barracks chief, the tag sergeant, starts raining on my parade, yelling, “Shut up, Carlin!”"
  • "The nine-year-old had just spelt the word "sergeant" correctly at her school's spelling bee when her father, a sergeant serving in Iraq, appeared from behind a curtain."