American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The senior noncommissioned officer of a U.S. Army or Marine Corps unit, who is equivalent in rank to a master sergeant and performs administrative duties.
- n. US In the United States Army, a non-commissioned officer ranking above sergeant first class and below sergeant major; equal in rank to a master sergeant but with greater command authority.
- n. US In the United States Marine Corps, a non-commissioned officer ranking above gunnery sergeant and below sergeant major or master gunnery sergeant; equal in rank to a master sergeant, but with command rather than technical responsibilities.
- n. US In the United States Air Force, an appointment (not a rank) for the senior member of enlisted personnel in a squadron or other unit. The appointment is usually held by a master sergeant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Mil.) the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company; the orderly sergeant.
- n. a sergeant in the Army above the rank of staff sergeant and below master sergeant
“Spivey is the first sergeant she's worked for who is younger than she is; at first she found this merely disconcerting, but now he seems like any other boss, officious and rigid, and apparently none too thrilled about getting a phone call at three in the morning.”
“To Griffin’s surprise, the first sergeant was standing under what appeared to be an outside shower and was stripping off his gear.”
“The first sergeant replied curtly, "Because he's a second-classman now, and I have no right to do it.”
“The photo, old and curled, was one of a few that remained testifying to the war adventures of Earl L. Swagger of Blue Eye, Arkansas, who entered the war a corporal and got out a first sergeant even if wounded seven times.”
“Seeing his hesitation, the first sergeant unfroze slightly.”
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