[ sahr-juh nt ]
/ ˈsɑr dʒənt /


Also especially British, ser·jeant (for defs 1–7, 9).

Origin of sergeant

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


ser·gean·cy [sahr-juh n-see] /ˈsɑr dʒən si/, ser·geant·ship, noun

Definition for sergeant (2 of 2)

[ yawrk ]
/ yɔrk /


Example sentences from the Web for sergeant

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant (1 of 4)

/ (ˈsɑːdʒənt) /


a noncommissioned officer in certain armed forces, usually ranking above a corporal
  1. (in Britain) a police officer ranking between constable and inspector
  2. (in the US) a police officer ranking below a captain
a court or municipal officer who has ceremonial duties
(formerly) a tenant by military service, not of knightly rank
Also: serjeant

Derived forms of sergeant

sergeancy (ˈsɑːdʒənsɪ) or sergeantship, noun

Word Origin for sergeant

C12: from Old French sergent, from Latin serviēns, literally: serving, from servīre to serve

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant (2 of 4)

/ (jɔːk) /


(tr) cricket to bowl or try to bowl (a batsman) by pitching the ball under or just beyond the bat

Word Origin for york

C19: back formation from yorker

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant (3 of 4)

York 1
/ (jɔːk) /


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) Latin name: Eboracum
a unitary authority in NE England, in North Yorkshire. Pop: 183 100 (2003 est). Area: 272 sq km (105 sq miles)
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

British Dictionary definitions for sergeant (4 of 4)

York 2
/ (jɔːk) /


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
Alvin C (ullum). 1887–1964, US soldier and hero of World War I
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
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