first lieutenant


Definition of first lieutenant

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

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The Air Force first lieutenant was once given a mission to attack an enemy airport in Burma. Lilly Nguyen,, "Corona del Mar High School sophomores get a look at ‘living history’," 13 June 2019 The proper configuration of officers would have been the company captain, three first lieutenants as patrol leaders and four second lieutenants commanding the rest., "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 Dad was a Seabee, an engineer and first lieutenant in the Naval Construction Battalion. Diane Covington-carter,, "A father's D-day stories, a French orphan and a daughter's destiny fulfilled," 3 June 2019 Ola served as a first lieutenant army nurse during WWII and was stationed in England and Scotland, where treated the wounded from the Battle of D-day., "Ola K. Ferla," 11 July 2018 Joan Morris is the niece of first lieutenant Robert Schmidt. Fox News, "Scaramucci on Trump's Supreme Court pick, WH staff rumors," 30 June 2018 The Guard said Yabut is a first lieutenant assigned as company commander of the 276th Engineer Battalion and has more than 11 years of service. Washington Post, "Police: Man steals armored vehicle from National Guard base," 6 June 2018 The Marine Corps first lieutenant that earned the military’s second highest citation posthumously during the Vietnam Way lived a life of faith and service to his country, according to those who knew him. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Marine killed in Vietnam walked in faith, service," 21 May 2018 Upon graduation Wilton was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later was promoted to first lieutenant and company commander., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of first lieutenant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of first lieutenant

: an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who ranks below a captain
: a naval officer who is responsible for keeping a ship in good condition

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Kids Definition of first lieutenant

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a second lieutenant

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