flight lieutenant


: a commissioned officer in the British air force who ranks with a captain in the army

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 1939, he was promoted to flight lieutenant. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 20 Nov. 2022 Thirteen days before he was born, his father, Reginald, a Royal Air Force flight lieutenant, died when his plane was shot down on a bombing mission over Greece. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2022 Born on March 25, 1947, in the sleepy London suburb of Pinner, young Reggie spent much of his early life in fear of Stanley, a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force who would remain a cold and distant presence in his life. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2022 Weeks earlier, his father, a Royal Air Force flight lieutenant, was lost on a World War II mission over the Aegean. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flight lieutenant was in 1914

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“Flight lieutenant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flight%20lieutenant. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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