Meaning of “sergeant” in the English Dictionary

"sergeant" in British English

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sergeantnoun [ C ]

also Sergeant uk /ˈsɑː.dʒənt/ us /ˈsɑːr.dʒənt/ written abbreviation Sgt, informal sarge

sergeant noun [ C ] (SOLDIER)

a soldier of middle rank:

Sergeant Lewis/Tom Lewis
[ as form of address ] Dismiss the men, Sergeant.

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  • We could hear the sergeant bellowing commands to his troops.
  • The captain was demoted to sergeant for failing to fulfil his duties.
  • The sergeant barked out a succession of orders to the new recruits.
  • The sergeant was reduced to the ranks for his cowardice.
  • By the age of 25 he'd already got his third stripe and become a sergeant.

(Definition of “sergeant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sergeant" in American English

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sergeantnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsɑr·dʒənt/

a person in the military below the rank of a lieutenant (= an officer of the lowest rank)

(Definition of “sergeant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)