Definition of sergeant-at-arms in English:
noun (plural sergeants-at-arms)
1An official of a legislative or other assembly whose duty includes maintaining order and security.
- The legislature serjeant-at-arms said the road will be closed from 6am near the Ministerial Complex and all vehicles from the directions of East London and Zwelitsha will be diverted to Maitland Road near the garage.
- It was entirely appropriate for the chairman of that committee to call the sergeant-at-arms and the Capitol Police so order in the committee could be maintained.
- It was not clear what prompted the lawmaker to strike the sergeant-at-arms but House members were trying to silence noisy impeachment supporters in the gallery before the scuffle.
1.1British historical A knight or armed officer in the service of the monarch or a lord.
- It has been claimed that the household sergeants-at-arms of Richard ‘the Lionheart’ were the first English military police, and the English army of the 16th century had a few ‘tipstaves’ who exercised limited powers.
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