lieutenant commander


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Aruffo, who retired from the Navy in 2007 as a lieutenant commander, was also among the first Navy officers charged in the case, and was the fourth to plead guilty, in July 2014. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Oct. 2022 Born July 24, 1933, on the island of Crete in Greece, Aniston attended Pennsylvania State University before joining the Navy and earning the rank of lieutenant commander. Nick Romano,, 14 Nov. 2022 Chen, 44, is currently a lieutenant commander in the Navy reserves. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2022 Spence is a retired Naval lieutenant commander and nuclear engineering officer and Buchli is a real estate broker. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 Another person who claimed to be a lieutenant commander in the U.S. military abroad asked for help to pay for a shipment of gold and cash seized in a raid. Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 Pitts was reduced in rank to lieutenant commander upon retirement, costing him thousands in military pension income. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 Bill Spence, a former Town Council member and retired Naval lieutenant commander and nuclear engineering officer. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2022 The decision was made to let the Navy lieutenant commander, 37, continue. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lieutenant commander was in 1839

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“Lieutenant commander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

lieutenant commander

: a naval commissioned officer with a rank just below that of commander

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