lieutenant general

noun

Definition of lieutenant general 

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a major general and whose insignia is three stars

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Tom Bostick retired as a lieutenant general after 38 years of service during which his family moved 27 times. Sidney E. Goodfriend, WSJ, "Military Spouses Also Serve," 12 Nov. 2018 This raised concerns that Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, misled Trump officials about his conversations with Russian officials. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who's been charged by Mueller in the Russia probe so far?," 21 Aug. 2018 As some of this equipment falls into Taliban hands, the militants are joining a larger trend, said David W. Barno, a retired lieutenant general who led the war effort in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. Thomas Gibbons-neff, BostonGlobe.com, "Resurgent Taliban gets hands on high-tech gear, putting US in Bind," 31 Mar. 2018 Of these, there are ten generals, fifty lieutenant generals, 121 major generals, and 133 brigadier generals. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "US Army by the numbers," 13 June 2018 Friends and family of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are waging a campaign to try to exonerate the retired lieutenant general — and, possibly, land him a presidential pardon. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton warns of ‘a full-fledged crisis in our democracy’ at Yale," 21 May 2018 Michael Ferriter, right, retired Army lieutenant general, attended the 2013 USO Gala in 2013 with Margie Ferriter. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "White House Search for VA Secretary Narrows to Candidates Including Two Retired Generals," 16 May 2018 Kellogg, a retired Army lieutenant general, is a familiar face in the West Wing, currently serving as chief of staff to the National Security Council. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Pence Names Keith Kellogg as Top National Security Adviser," 23 Apr. 2018 The retired lieutenant general stood at a podium, flanked by Barisich and a handful of others. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "8 years after BP oil spill, thousands of medical claims still not paid," 20 Apr. 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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lieutenant general

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: a military officer who has a rank just below a general

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