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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. 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. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company; the orderly sergeant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a sergeant in the Army above the rank of staff sergeant and below master sergeant

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