deputy

noun

dep·​u·​ty ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio)
plural deputies
often attributive
1
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
2
: a member of the lower house of some legislative assemblies

Examples of deputy in a Sentence

the club president sent a deputy to the conference to vote on our behalf a deputy supervisor to help out with routine tasks
Recent Examples on the Web Bouldin refused to allow the deputies to search his van, but a drug dog alerted to his vehicle. Andrew Wimer, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 After the deputy’s attorney and the inspector general raised concerns, the Sheriff’s Department sent a formal correction to state authorities. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Cure turns and begins walking toward the deputy and grabs the Taser wire. Steve Almasy, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Portillo is scheduled to call on Webb’s friend, girlfriend, doctors, criminalists, Placer County sheriff’s deputies and Schewe’s mother to testify. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 27 Feb. 2024 In Porter’s case, her ticket was dismissed when the sheriff’s deputy failed to attend the traffic court hearing. USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 When deputies entered, Shari was in her bedroom to the right of the front entry, according to the affidavit. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Feb. 2024 According to a Racine County Sheriff's Office release: The driver slowed down after deputies initiated a traffic stop but then sped away at speeds more than 110 mph toward Kenosha. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 The standoff lasted several hours, and McCardell continued threatening deputies with his gun while holding his children, deputies said, WRDW reported. Tanasia Kenney, Miami Herald, 26 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of deputer

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of deputy was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deputy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deputy. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

deputy

noun
dep·​u·​ty ˈdep-yət-ē How to pronounce deputy (audio)
plural deputies
1
: a person appointed to act for or in place of another
2
: an assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent
deputy adjective

Legal Definition

deputy

noun
dep·​u·​ty ˈde-pyə-tē How to pronounce deputy (audio)
plural deputies
1
: a person appointed as a substitute with power to act
2
: a second in command or assistant who usually takes charge when his or her superior is absent
specifically : deputy sheriff
Etymology

Middle French deputé person appointed to exercise authority, from past participle of deputer to appoint, depute

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