first lieutenant


: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a second lieutenant and below a captain
: a naval officer responsible for a ship's upkeep

Examples of first lieutenant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Age 27, Bell is now a 230-pound first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who was so inspired by the class, he’s made miniature war-gaming part of this life. Eric Adler, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 In 1956, Palestinian guerrillas attacked farmers in the fields of Nahal Oz, an Israeli kibbutz near Gaza, and killed and mutilated a young first lieutenant. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2023 The teddy bear at the center of Ms. Anthony’s mum was dressed in a miniature version of her blue-and-white first lieutenant’s uniform. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2023 His father, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force was killed in a 1949 crash while stationed on Okinawa. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Aug. 2023 He was eventually promoted to first lieutenant, and was a member of the 75th Rangers Regime. Alexis Chestnov, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 As an Army first lieutenant and Cobra helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, Larry Taylor flew hundreds of missions and saved countless lives. CBS News, 1 Sep. 2023 Tommy began his career as a transportation manager for Burlington Industries after serving as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, his obituary added. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 According to Olson, that left less experienced officers, including Hunter, who was a first lieutenant, to handle duties in the fire support coordination center. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of first lieutenant was in 1697

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“First lieutenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

first lieutenant

: a military commissioned officer with a rank just below that of captain

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