first lieutenant

noun

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 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. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 The soldier, a first lieutenant with the Virginia National Guard, stole the armored command post before taking it on the interstate. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Soldier Steals Armored Vehicle, Takes Joyride Through City," 6 June 2018 Upon graduation promoted to first lieutenant and company commander. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 The first lieutenant was stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C., and eventually worked as public information officer. Colin Campbell, baltimoresun.com, "Thomas W. Burdette — tag maker, athlete, storyteller — dies at 82," 8 Apr. 2018 He was discharged with the rank of first lieutenant in 1953. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "Bradford Dillman, Star of Broadway and Hollywood, Dies at 87," 21 Jan. 2018 Len was honorably discharged from the service as a first lieutenant on January 6, 1947. courant.com, "Leonard A. Whitman," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of first lieutenant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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first lieutenant

noun

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

first lieutenant

noun

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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