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 Collins was posthumously promoted to first lieutenant. Washington Post, "Bowie State, U-Md. launch partnership to study social justice and honor slain student," 28 Sep. 2020 Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan last month called for the removal of the statues of Douglas, a staunch defender of slavery, and Menard, the state’s first lieutenant governor and a slaveholder. Jamie Munks,, "State panel votes to remove statues of Stephen Douglas and a former lieutenant governor from Capitol grounds because of their ties to slavery," 19 Aug. 2020 Ahmed and other members of the al-Qaida group are accused of shooting and killing two members of the Fallujah Police Directorate, including a first lieutenant on about June 1, 2006, and a police officer on about Oct. 3, 2006, the statement said. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Alleged al-Qaida leader arrested in Phoenix, accused of killing two Iraqi police officers," 31 Jan. 2020 He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, later became a first lieutenant and ended his military career in 1956 as an instructor pilot., "“Most people know Chesley Sullenberger,” said Spencer Bailey, a Flight 232 survivor, referring to the pilot who successfully landed a US Airways jet on the Hudson River in 2009, “but the feat Captain Haynes pulled off 30 years ago was truly a miracle, too.”," 30 Sep. 2019 Coelman is the first lieutenant governor in Kentucky's history to welcome a new child while in office. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "It's a girl! Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman gives birth to a daughter," 8 Feb. 2020 To help with tuition, Fry joined the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, where he was eventually promoted to first lieutenant., "With the support of several former teammates and fellow coaches, Fry will look to do his alma mater proud. Either way, a Springfield College alum will hoist the D4 championship trophy.," 5 Dec. 2019 After serving two years in the Army in Germany and Austria, he was discharged as a first lieutenant and returned to England to be a reporter for The Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian). Douglas Martin, New York Times, "Sander Vanocur, TV Newsman Who Covered Kennedy, Dies at 91," 17 Sep. 2019 Will had risen to the rank of major and Cully, who often cooked at the encampment activities for the young cadets, was first lieutenant. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Crash killed South St. Paul couple as they set off to view fall foliage along Mississippi River," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of first lieutenant

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“First lieutenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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