Word of the Day Archive
Saturday December 6, 2008
sentinel \SEN-tuhn-uhl\ , verb:
1. to stand guard and watch
1. a person stationed to keep watch and guard
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, Previous conquests," review of The Siege by Ismail Kadare (translated by David Bellos), Daily Telegraph, 5/17/2008
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"