lieutenant colonel

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The same report stated that a lieutenant colonel from Surovikin’s division sent a complaint to the military prosecutor’s office accusing Surovikin and other officers of beating him because of political differences. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 Haight was demoted three ranks — from major general to lieutenant colonel — and forced to retire in 2016 over a personal misconduct scandal. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 Haight was demoted three ranks - from major general to lieutenant colonel - and forced to retire in 2016 over a personal misconduct scandal. Craig Whitlock And Nate Jones, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Oct. 2022 The problem with so heavily leaning in on his military record is that Wells is an an Afghanistan Army combat veteran and an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel and Maurer is enlisted in the Indiana Air National Guard. The Indianapolis Star, 10 Oct. 2022 Stacy, a lieutenant colonel in the Oklahoma Army National Guard, donated $2,900 to Stitt last year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2022 Tulsi Gabbard — the lieutenant colonel of political switchbacks — predicted even worse after President Biden proposed new protections for trans students under in the landmark legislation. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Television news programs often call on retired generals, colonels and the occasional lieutenant colonel to comment on the war in Ukraine. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, 11 Apr. 2022 Jones is also a Gulf War combat veteran and served in the U.S. Army Military Police as a lieutenant colonel. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lieutenant%20colonel. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

lieutenant colonel

noun

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

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