noun, dep·u·ty often attributive \ˈde-pyə-tē\

: an important assistant who helps the person who the leader of a government, organization, etc.

: a member of Parliament in some countries

plural dep·u·ties

Full Definition of DEPUTY

a :  a person appointed as a substitute with power to act
b :  a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent
:  a member of the lower house of some legislative assemblies

Examples of DEPUTY

  1. <the club president sent a deputy to the conference to vote on our behalf>
  2. <a deputy supervisor to help out with routine tasks>

Origin of DEPUTY

Middle English, from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of deputer
First Known Use: 15th century

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DEPUTY Defined for Kids


noun dep·u·ty \ˈde-pyə-tē\
plural dep·u·ties

Definition of DEPUTY for Kids

:  a person who officially acts for or in place of another


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