sergeant at arms
Date: 14th century an officer of an organization (as a legislative body or court of law) who preserves order and executes commands

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  • Sergeant-at-arms — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sergeant-at-arms — sergeant at armsˈ or serjeant at armsˈ noun An officer of a legislative body or the Court of Chancery, for making arrests, etc • • • Main Entry: ↑sergeant …   Useful english dictionary

  • sergeant-at-arms — [sär′jəntət ärmz′] n. pl. sergeants at arms an officer appointed to keep order in a legislature, court, social club, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • sergeant-at-arms — [sär′jəntət ärmz′] n. pl. sergeants at arms an officer appointed to keep order in a legislature, court, social club, etc …   English World dictionary

  • sergeant at arms — noun count an official in a court of law or other institution whose job is to make people obey the rules …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sergeant at arms — an executive officer of a legislative or other body, whose duty it is to enforce its commands, preserve order, etc. [1350 1400; ME] * * * ▪ officer       an officer of a legislative body, court of law, or other organization who preserves order… …   Universalium

  • sergeant at arms — noun an officer (as of a legislature or court) who maintains order and executes commands • Syn: ↑serjeant at arms • Topics: ↑legislature, ↑legislative assembly, ↑legislative body, ↑general assembly, ↑law makers …   Useful english dictionary

  • sergeant-at-arms — noun variant spelling of serjeant at arms …   English new terms dictionary

  • sergeant-at-arms — noun (C) a serjeant­at­arms …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • sergeant at arms — UK / US serjeant at arms …   English dictionary

  • sergeant at arms — ser′geant at arms′ n. gov an officer of a legislative, judicial, or other body, whose chief duty is to preserve order • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

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