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lieutenant

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noun lieu·ten·ant \-ˈte-nənt\

Simple Definition of lieutenant

  • : an officer in the army, navy, or air force with a fairly low rank

  • : an officer in a fire or police department who has a rank below a captain

  • : an assistant to another, more powerful person : a person who represents and works for someone else

Full Definition of lieutenant

  1. 1 a :  an official empowered to act for a higher official b :  an aide or representative of another in the performance of duty :  assistant

  2. 2 a (1) :  first lieutenant (2) :  second lieutenant b :  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant junior grade and below a lieutenant commander c :  a fire or police department officer ranking below a captain

Examples of lieutenant

  1. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

  2. She has her best lieutenants working on a proposal.

  3. one of the mobster's most loyal lieutenants



Origin of lieutenant

Middle English, from Anglo-French lieu tenant, from liu + tenant holding, from tenir to hold, from Latin tenēre — more at thin


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with lieutenant


LIEUTENANT Defined for Kids

lieutenant

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noun lieu·ten·ant \lü-ˈte-nənt\

Definition of lieutenant

  1. 1 :  an official who acts for a higher official

  2. 2 :  first lieutenant

  3. 3 :  second lieutenant

  4. 4 :  a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant junior grade





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