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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Definitions for sentinel

  1. to stand guard and watch
  2. a person stationed to keep watch and guard

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Citations for sentinel
Sometimes the puppy barked when a customer came in, taking on the sentinel's role that no one had assigned him. Eliseo Alberto, Caracol Beach
At dawn on June 18, as the bell tolls, the sentinel on the East Tower sees a yellowish cloud in the far distance - the dust kicked up by their horses. Lewis Jones, Daily Telegraph
Origin of sentinel
1570-1580
by 1579, from Middle French sentinelle, from Italian sentinella, perhaps (from a notion of "perceive, watch"), from sentire "to hear, perceive," from Latin senire "feel"