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 for Sergeant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sergeant \Ser"geant\, n. [F. sergent, fr. L. serviens, -entis,
     p. pr. of servire to serve. See Serve, and cf. Servant.]
     [Written also serjeant. Both spellings are authorized. In
     England serjeant is usually preferred, except for military
     officers. In the United States sergeant is common for civil
     officers also.]
     1. Formerly, in England, an officer nearly answering to the
        more modern bailiff of the hundred; also, an officer whose
        duty was to attend on the king, and on the lord high
        steward in court, to arrest traitors and other offenders.
        He is now called sergeant-at-arms, and two of these
        officers, by allowance of the sovereign, attend on the
        houses of Parliament (one for each house) to execute their
        commands, and another attends the Court Chancery.
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              The sergeant of the town of Rome them sought.
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              The magistrates sent the serjeant, saying, Let those
              men go.                               --Acts xvi.
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              This fell sergeant, Death,
              Is strict in his arrest.              --Shak.
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     2. (Mil.) In a company, battery, or troop, a noncommissioned
        officer next in rank above a corporal, whose duty is to
        instruct recruits in discipline, to form the ranks, etc.
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     Note: In the United States service, besides the sergeants
           belonging to the companies there are, in each regiment,
           a sergeant major, who is the chief noncommissioned
           officer, and has important duties as the assistant to
           the adjutant; a quartermaster sergeant, who assists the
           quartermaster; a color sergeant, who carries the
           colors; and a commissary sergeant, who assists in the
           care and distribution of the stores. Ordnance sergeants
           have charge of the ammunition at military posts.
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     3. (Law) A lawyer of the highest rank, answering to the
        doctor of the civil law; -- called also serjeant at law.
        [Eng.] --Blackstone.
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     4. A title sometimes given to the servants of the sovereign;
        as, sergeant surgeon, that is, a servant, or attendant,
        surgeon. [Eng.]
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     5. (Zool.) The cobia.
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     Drill sergeant. (Mil.) See under Drill.
     Sergeant-at-arms, an officer of a legislative body, or of a
        deliberative or judicial assembly, who executes commands
        in preserving order and arresting offenders. See
        Sergeant, 1.
     Sergeant major.
        (a) (Mil.) See the Note under def. 2, above.
        (b) (Zool.) The cow pilot.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of several noncommissioned officer ranks in the Army or
           Air Force or Marines ranking above a corporal
      2: a lawman with the rank of sergeant [syn: police sergeant,
      3: an English barrister of the highest rank [syn: serjeant-at-
         law, serjeant, sergeant-at-law, sergeant]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  72 Moby Thesaurus words for "sergeant":
     G-man, MP, NCO, acting corporal, acting sergeant, bailiff, beadle,
     beagle, bound bailiff, captain, catchpole, centurion,
     chief of police, chief warrant officer, color sergeant,
     commissioner, constable, corporal, deputy, deputy sheriff,
     detective, fed, federal, first sergeant, flic, gendarme,
     government man, havildar, inspector, lance corporal,
     lance sergeant, lictor, lieutenant, mace-bearer, marshal,
     master sergeant, mess sergeant, mounted policeman, naik, narc,
     noncom, noncommissioned officer, officer, patrolman, peace officer,
     platoon sergeant, police captain, police commissioner,
     police constable, police inspector, police matron, police officer,
     police sergeant, policeman, policewoman, portreeve, reeve,
     roundsman, sarge, sergeant at arms, sergeant first class,
     sergeant major, sheriff, staff sergeant, superintendent,
     technical sergeant, tipstaff, tipstaves, top sergeant, topkick,
     trooper, warrant officer

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SERGEANT or SERJEANT, Eng. law. An officer in the courts of the highest 
  grade among the practitioners of the law. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  SERGEANT or SERJEANT, in the army. An inferior officer of a company of foot, 
  or troop of dragoons appointed to see discipline observed, to teach the 
  soldiers the exercise of their arms, and to order, straighten and form 
  ranks, files, &c. 

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