Sergeant vs. Sargent

By Jaxson

  • Sergeant

    Sergeant (abbreviated to Sgt and capitalized when used as a named person’s title) is a rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces. The alternate spelling, “serjeant”, is used in The Rifles and other units that draw their heritage from the British Light Infantry. Its origin is the Latin “serviens”, “one who serves”, through the French term “sergent”.

    The term “sergeant” refers to a non-commissioned officer placed above the rank of a corporal and a police officer immediately below a lieutenant or, in the UK, below an inspector.

    In most armies the rank of sergeant corresponds to command of a squad (or section). In Commonwealth armies, it is a more senior rank, corresponding roughly to a platoon second-in-command. In the United States Army, sergeant is a more junior rank corresponding to a four-soldier fireteam leader.

    More senior non-commissioned ranks are often variations on sergeant, for example staff sergeant, first sergeant and sergeant major.

    Many countries use sergeant rank, whether in English or using a cognate with the same origin in another language. The equivalent rank in Arab armies is “raqeeb”, meaning “overseer” or “watcher”.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    UK army rank with NATO code OR-6, senior to corporal and junior to warrant officer ranks.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in some non-naval military forces and police.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    A lawyer of the highest rank, equivalent to the doctor of civil law.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    A title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign.

    “sergeant surgeon, i.e. a servant, or attendant, surgeon”

  • Sergeant (noun)

    A fish, the cobia.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    a rank of non-commissioned officer in the army or air force, above corporal and below staff sergeant.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    a police officer ranking below an inspector.

  • Sergeant (noun)

    a police officer ranking below a lieutenant.

Oxford Dictionary

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