second lieutenant


Definition of second lieutenant

: a commissioned officer of the lowest rank in the army, air force, or marine corps

Examples of second lieutenant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After his graduation from West Point in 1992, Donahue served as a second lieutenant in the infantry branch. NBC News, 1 Sep. 2021 While serving as a second lieutenant in the Army, Stockwell was driving with her unit from the airport to the Green Zone in Baghdad when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. Taylor Dutc, SELF, 27 Aug. 2021 Daniel Gottlieb is a second lieutenant who is enrolled in law school at the University of Miami. Emmett Hall,, 19 Aug. 2021 After the outbreak of the war he was commissioned a second lieutenant and underwent additional training at Craig Field in Selma, Alabama. Jacques Kelly,, 28 June 2021 He was discharged in June 1945 to attend the US Military Academy at West Point, graduating four years later with a commission as a second lieutenant. Brad Lendon, CNN, 21 May 2021 Laurio, a software engineering major, will be commissioned as a second lieutenant by the Air Force ROTC Detachment 620. cleveland, 24 May 2021 This gallery is named after Detroit's first Black mayor who was also a second lieutenant, bombardier and navigator in the Tuskegee Airmen. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The son of a Welsh lord, Jones, a second lieutenant in the Indian Army Reserve, was captured after the disastrous siege of Kūt-al-‘Amāra, in what is now Iraq, in April 1916. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 26 May 2021

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First Known Use of second lieutenant

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Second lieutenant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of second lieutenant

: an officer in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps who ranks below a first lieutenant

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Kids Definition of second lieutenant

: a commissioned officer of the lowest rank in the army, air force, or marine corps

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