Definition of colour sergeant in English:

colour sergeant

noun

  • A rank of non-commissioned officer in the Army and Royal Marines, above sergeant and below warrant officer.

    • ‘Suddenly, the color sergeant, who carried the flag, crumpled to the ground.’
    • ‘He joined the Royal Navy aged 15 and was a colour sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Rhodesia Regiment.’
    • ‘Bettridge served in the army as a colour sergeant before leaving six years ago to work as a crane driver.’
    • ‘Mr Parker, a former Army colour sergeant who has served in the Middle and Far East with the Royal Marines and Royal Military Police, is not easily shocked.’
    • ‘But Ministry of Defence rules dating back to 1947 state family accommodation can only be provided to Gurkhas holding the rank of colour sergeant or above.’

Origin

With reference to the sergeant's responsibility for carrying one of the regiment's colours in a guard of honour.

Pronunciation

colour sergeant