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 In one e-mail to his parents, in 2015, Whelan mentioned that Yatsenko had become a second lieutenant in the F.S.B., stationed in Crimea. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The American Prisoner in Russia Trapped Between Putin and Trump," 4 Sep. 2020 The jury consisted of two men and two women ranging in rank from colonel to second lieutenant. Sig Christenson,, "No jail time for senior Air Force NCO convicted in sex case after San Antonio trial," 19 Aug. 2020 The next month, Holley reported for active duty in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood as a second lieutenant. Dallas News, "Seniors draw on decades of resilience and tough lessons," 10 June 2020 Complicating matters, Alshamrani—a 21-year-old second lieutenant for the Saudi Air Force who was training with the US military at the time of the killings—fired a round into one of the phones. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "iPhone crypto hid al-Qaida link to naval base shooting, AG fumes," 18 May 2020 After earning his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and a master’s in business, Rodriguez was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army, serving from 1970 to 1973 in Okinawa and leaving as a captain. Mike Finger,, "On track and in life, William Rodriguez left lasting legacy," 11 Apr. 2020 Manuel, like thousands of others, became a provisional second lieutenant. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Heroism, War, and Hell," 20 Apr. 2020 Coleman enlisted in the Army after Pearl Harbor and served as a platoon leader and second lieutenant and marched through Europe with Patton’s Third Army. Mark Curriden, Dallas News, "Texas legal giant Jim Coleman dies at 96," 24 Feb. 2020 In the same year, Gabbard was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Nataly Pak, ABC News, "Tulsi Gabbard: Everything you need to know about the 2020 presidential candidate," 19 Mar. 2020

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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 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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