Words I Love 53 – Sentinel

New word…

The_Sentinel_Staffordshire

sentinel

ˈsɛntɪn(ə)l/

noun

noun: sentinel; plural noun: sentinels
  1. 1.
    a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch.
    “soldiers stood sentinel with their muskets”
  2. 2.
    Medicine
    an indicator of the presence of disease.
    “the first national HIV sentinel surveillance programme in the developing world”

verb

verb: sentinel; 3rd person present: sentinels; past tense: sentinelled; past participle: sentinelled; gerund or present participle: sentinelling; past tense: sentineled; past participle: sentineled; gerund or present participle: sentineling
  1. 1.
    station a soldier or guard by (a place) to keep watch.
    “a wide course had been roped off and sentinelled with police”

Origin

late 16th century: from French sentinelle, from Italian sentinella, of unknown origin.

 

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