a noncommissioned army officer of a rank above that of corporal.
U.S. Air force. any noncommissioned officer above the rank of airman first class.
a police officer ranking immediately below a captain or a lieutenant in the U.S. and immediately below an inspector in Britain.
a title of a particular office or function at the court of a monarch (often used in combination): sergeant of the larder; sergeant-caterer.
Also called sergeant at law. British. (formerly) a member of a superior order of barristers.
(initial capital letter) a surface-to-surface, single-stage, U.S. ballistic missile.
a tenant by military service, below the rank of knight.
Also, especially British, serjeant (for defs 1–7, 9).

1150–1200; Middle English sergant, serjant, serjaunt < Old French sergent < Latin servient- (stem of serviēns), present participle of servīre. See serve, -ent

sergeancy [sahr-juhn-see] , sergeantship, noun Unabridged


a member of the royal house of England that ruled from 1461 to 1485.
1st Duke of (Edmund of Langley) 1341–1402, progenitor of the house of York (son of Edward III).
Alvin Cullum [kuhl-uhm] , (Sergeant) 1887–1964, U.S. soldier.
Yorkshire ( def 1 ).
Ancient Eboracum. a city in North Yorkshire, in NE England, on the Ouse: the capital of Roman Britain; cathedral.
a city in SE Pennsylvania: meeting of the Continental Congress 1777–78.
an estuary in E Virginia, flowing SE into Chesapeake Bay. 40 miles (64 km) long.
a cape at the NE extremity of Australia. Unabridged
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sergeant (ˈsɑːdʒənt)
1.  a noncommissioned officer in certain armed forces, usually ranking above a corporal
2.  a.  (in Britain) a police officer ranking between constable and inspector
 b.  (in the US) a police officer ranking below a captain
3.  See sergeant at arms
4.  a court or municipal officer who has ceremonial duties
5.  (formerly) a tenant by military service, not of knightly rank
6.  See serjeant at law
[C12: from Old French sergent, from Latin serviēns, literally: serving, from servīre to serve]

york (jɔːk)
(tr) cricket to bowl or try to bowl (a batsman) by pitching the ball under or just beyond the bat
[C19: back formation from yorker]

York1 (jɔːk)
1.  Latin name: Eboracum a historic city in NE England, in York unitary authority, North Yorkshire, on the River Ouse: the military capital of Roman Britain; capital of the N archiepiscopal province of Britain since 625, with a cathedral (the Minster) begun in 1154; noted for its cycle of medieval mystery plays; unusually intact medieval walls; university (1963). Pop: 137 505 (2001)
2.  a unitary authority in NE England, in North Yorkshire. Pop: 183 100 (2003 est). Area: 272 sq km (105 sq miles)
3.  Cape York a cape in NE Australia, in Queensland at the N tip of the Cape York Peninsula, extending into the Torres Strait: the northernmost point of Australia

York2 (jɔːk)
1.  the English royal house that reigned from 1461 to 1485 and was descended from Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York (1411--60), whose claim to the throne precipitated the Wars of the Roses. His sons reigned as Edward IV and Richard III
2.  Alvin C(ullum). 1887--1964, US soldier and hero of World War I
3.  Duke of, full name Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany. 1763--1827, second son of George III of Great Britain and Ireland. An undistinguished commander-in-chief of the British army (1798--1809), he is the "grand old Duke of York" of the nursery rhyme
4.  Prince Andrew, Duke of. born 1960, second son of Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He married (1986) Miss Sarah Ferguson; they divorced in 1996; their first daughter, Princess Beatrice of York, was born in 1988 and their second, Princess Eugenie of York, in 1990

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Word Origin & History

city in n. England, O.E. Eoforwic, earlier Eborakon (c.150), an ancient Celtic name, probably meaning "Yew-Tree Estate," but Eburos may also be a personal name. Yorkshire pudding is recorded from 1747; Yorkshire terrier first attested 1872; short form Yorkie is from 1950.

c.1200, "servant," from O.Fr. sergent, from M.L. servientum (nom. serviens) "servant, vassal, soldier" (in L.L. "public official"), from L. servientem "serving," prp. of servire "to serve" (see serve); cognate with Sp. sirviente, It. servente. Specific 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. Colloquial shortening sarge is attested from 1867. M.E. alternative spelling serjeant (from O.Fr.) was retained in Britain in special use as title of a superior order of barristers (c.1300, from legal L. serviens ad legem, "one who serves (the king) in matters of law"), abolished 1880, from which Common Law judges were chosen; also used of certain other officers of the royal household. sergeant-major is from 1570s.
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Example sentences
The detective sergeant in charge of the case did not believe in space visitors.
And now, he is told, his first sergeant is mortally wounded.
The idea was to scare off militants while coalition troops tried to rescue the sergeant.
Practicing drill under their sergeant's orders in broad daylight in the main
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