lieutenant commander

noun

Definition of lieutenant commander

: a commissioned officer in the navy or coast guard ranking above a lieutenant and below a commander

Examples of lieutenant commander in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Guggenheim, in his early 50s, convinced Pentagon officials to recommission him as a lieutenant commander in the Navy. Rinker Buck, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 Now a lieutenant commander, Smith is studying for a master’s degree at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Dom Amore, courant.com, 30 Sep. 2021 David Lucian Williams, a 32-year-old Navy lieutenant commander who had spent summers in Newport while growing up, was in the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 smashed into the mega-building. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 Schaefer is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and has served in Afghanistan. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 In the Navy during World War II, Anderson achieved the rank of lieutenant commander and served as a transport navigator in the Pacific. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021 In 1967, during the Vietnam War, Dr. Hennessy was drafted and served in the Navy as a lieutenant commander assigned as a neurosurgeon to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 3 July 2021 Alex Brown was slated to be on the field at a Padres game in May 2020 getting promoted by his captain to the rank of Navy lieutenant commander. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2021 More House Call During World War II, my father, David, was a lieutenant commander. Marc Myers, WSJ, 4 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lieutenant commander.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lieutenant commander

1839, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About lieutenant commander

Time Traveler for lieutenant commander

Time Traveler

The first known use of lieutenant commander was in 1839

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near lieutenant commander

lieutenant colonel

lieutenant commander

lieutenant commissioner

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for lieutenant commander

Last Updated

13 Oct 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lieutenant commander.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lieutenant%20commander. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon
Seen & Heard
People are talking about

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lieutenant commander

lieutenant commander

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lieutenant commander

: an officer in the navy or coast guard who has a rank just below a commander

More from Merriam-Webster on lieutenant commander

Nglish: Translation of lieutenant commander for Spanish Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!