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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Recent Examples on the Web So was Paul Rieckhoff, who founded the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America after serving as an Army first lieutenant and infantry rifle platoon leader in Iraq from 2003 through 2004. Clarence Page,, 7 Sep. 2021 Hochul moved to the left, politically, when Cuomo tapped her as his running mate in 2014 after his first lieutenant governor, former Rochester mayor Robert Duffy, decided not to run for reelection., 10 Aug. 2021 Officials said that Kendricks, a 28-year-old first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, has been transferred to a hotel to be placed in isolation. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 29 July 2021 Eldon was a first lieutenant in the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and was dating Sandy's roommate, the colonel's secretary. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 30 July 2021 Walter Rhodes, former Army first lieutenant and survivor of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge will deliver the keynote address, and Lumas Kendrick will offer the opening prayer. Arkansas Online, 20 July 2021 At the time of the assault, her husband was a first lieutenant stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2021 On the museum’s website, read stories and tributes such as one to Sharon Lane, a first lieutenant during the Vietnam War. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Six days later, Alexander and Hedwig Diane Orlowski, a 23-year-old Army first lieutenant, were killed when their plane crashed into a mountainside on their return flight. Francine Uenuma, Time, 27 May 2021

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First Known Use of first lieutenant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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20 Sep 2021

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“First lieutenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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