first lieutenant

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Derek Diener, the 24-year-old first cousin of Travis, was a first lieutenant in the Army's Air Defense Artillery stationed somewhere along the Iraqi border. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 He was eventually promoted to first lieutenant, and was a member of the 75th Rangers Regime. Alexis Chestnov, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2022 They were denied entry into an American Red Cross club and hotels, according to the history, and a senior officer was threatened with being being replaced by a white first lieutenant when some unit members missed an inspection. Jay Reeves, ajc, 26 July 2022 Also profiled is Brooke Jackson Kahn, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army reserves who is the first woman in her family to join the military. William Earl, Variety, 3 Nov. 2022 Alona Koval’s younger sister, Maryna Golinko, is a medic and first lieutenant with the Ukrainian 36th brigade. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2022 They were denied entry into an American Red Cross club and hotels, according to the history, and a senior officer was threatened with being being replaced by a white first lieutenant when some unit members missed an inspection. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 Fields was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a first lieutenant — in England, he was assigned courts-martial — then began practicing law at a Beverly Hills firm in 1955, the year his son, James, was born. Jonathan Handel, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2022 Langley, then a first lieutenant, was also one of few young Black Marines based in the prestigious downtown D.C. barracks. Rachel Chason And Dan Lamothe, BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/first%20lieutenant. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

first lieutenant

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

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