sergeant

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sergeant

Pronunciation /ˈsɑːdʒ(ə)nt/
noun
1 A rank of non-commissioned officer in the army or air force, above corporal and below staff sergeant.
1.1 British A police officer ranking below an inspector.
1.2 US A police officer ranking below a lieutenant.

Origin
Middle English from Old French sergent, from Latin servient- ‘serving’, from the verb servire. Early use was as a general term meaning ‘attendant, servant’ and ‘common soldier’; the term was later applied to specific official roles.

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Stanley enlisted in the army after high school and made a career in the service, retiring after 20 years as a master sergeant.

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