There were at least two sergeants, he claimed furiously, whose turn it should have been to go on this arduous mission.
I may as well here give the details about the sergeants of our regiment.
In a big, new, gilded room sailors and sergeants played checkers and more serious Venetians worked out dismal problems in chess.
Then we had famous footballers in sergeants Pearson and Bamber.
Horses stamped and snorted; sergeants swore continually; officers nagged and shouted.
He now gave a command to a couple of sergeants, and the entraining began.
Behind us came the sergeants with the remainder, for rear-guard.
The sergeants were silent till one said: "It couldn't be him!"
sergeants, on that day acting as servants to the men, bore off from the carving-tables plates piled high.
"Just what I said—sergeants," said Lieutenant Mackinson, smiling.
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.
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.
Middle 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.
Acts 16:35, 38 (R.V., "lictors"), officers who attended the magistrates and assisted them in the execution of justice.