lieutenant colonel


: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a major and below a colonel

Examples of lieutenant colonel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In particular, the CIA received a tip from Cuban Army lieutenant colonel who defected to the U.S. and who identified Rocha as a spy in 2006. Nora Gámez Torres, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 Wells is the Indiana Democratic Party’s deputy chair for coalition and expansion and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Jan. 2024 Gabbard is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves who was deployed twice to Iraq and Kuwait and took a two-week absence from the presidential campaign trail in 2020 to report for active duty in Indonesia with the Hawaiian Army National Guard. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 2 Apr. 2024 David Slater, 63, a former Army lieutenant colonel who was working in a civilian role for U.S. Strategic Command, was arrested Saturday, the Justice Department said Monday. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2024 His wife, Peggy Bahnsen, a retired lieutenant colonel, confirmed the death. Michael S. Rosenwald, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Abdallah, 40, a lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was killed on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon on October 9, just two days after Hamas attacked southern Israel, killing 1,200 people, kidnapping more than 250 and sending regional tensions soaring. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 21 Feb. 2024 Turley is currently a senior and a cadet lieutenant colonel in the program. Emma Hall, Sacramento Bee, 23 Feb. 2024 The bill states that the sheriff’s salary would be equal to the pay of the highest available step for a lieutenant colonel in the Maryland State Police. Sherry Greenfield, Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lieutenant colonel was in 1598

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“Lieutenant colonel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

lieutenant colonel

: a military commissioned officer with a rank just below that of colonel

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