second lieutenant

noun

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

At the age of 17, Prince Michel shipped off to officer candidate school in Fort Benning, Georgia, and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, the Washington Post reports. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 Commissioned as a second lieutenant during the Vietnam War, Ashe was conveniently stationed at West Point as a data specialist and assistant tennis coach. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Arthur Ashe’ Review: A Hard Road to Glory," 17 Aug. 2018 He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army in August 1917, a few months after graduating from UW. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The highest-ranking U.S. soldier killed on D-Day in Normandy was a University of Wisconsin alum," 4 June 2018 Chet, a second lieutenant in the 297th combat engineers, landed the next morning. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Greenfield man defies police by continuing long-running tradition of firing off Civil War cannons on 4th of July," 5 July 2018 Marines in the field knew to be dubious of new young second lieutenants like Mueller. Garrett M. Graff, WIRED, "The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat," 15 May 2018 Upon graduation Wilton was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later was promoted to first lieutenant and company commander. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/3," 3 June 2018 Collins, 23, had just been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was days away from graduating from Bowie State University when he was killed. Washington Post, "Lawyers of man charged with murder, hate crime seek to ban ‘particularly offensive’ evidence in slaying of black student at U. Md.," 7 May 2018 The graduates receive commissions as Navy ensigns or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps and serve at least five years. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "President Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'," 25 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'second lieutenant.' 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 second lieutenant

1702, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about second lieutenant

Share second lieutenant

Statistics for second lieutenant

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for second lieutenant

The first known use of second lieutenant was in 1702

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for second lieutenant

second lieutenant

noun

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

second lieutenant

noun

Kids Definition of second lieutenant

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

More from Merriam-Webster on second lieutenant

Spanish Central: Translation of second lieutenant

Nglish: Translation of second lieutenant for Spanish Speakers

Comments on second lieutenant

What made you want to look up second lieutenant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a servile follower or underling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things 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!