What does Deputy mean?

Definitions for Deputy
ˈdɛp yə tideputy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Deputy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deputy, deputy sheriffnoun

    someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies

  2. deputy, lieutenantnoun

    an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent

  3. deputynoun

    a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)

  4. deputy, surrogatenoun

    a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others


  1. deputynoun

    One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc.

  2. deputynoun

    (in France): A member of the Chamber of Deputies, formerly called Corps Législatif

  3. deputynoun

    (Ireland) a member of Dáil Éireann, or the title of a member of Dáil Éireann. (Normally capitalised in both cases)

  4. Etymology: député, from deputatus (appointed).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Deputynoun

    A lieutenant; a viceroy; one that is appointed by a special commission to govern and act instead of another.

    Etymology: deputé, Fr. from deputatus, Latin.

    He exerciseth dominion over them as the vicegerent and deputy of Almighty God. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    He was vouched his immediate deputy upon earth, and viceroy of the creation, and lord lieutenant of the world. South.

    Presbyters, absent through infirmity from their churches, might be said to preach by those deputies, who, in their stead, did but read homilies. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 21.

    A man hath a body, and that body is confined to a place; but where friendship is, all offices of life are, as it were, granted to him and his deputy; for he may exercise them by his friend. Francis Bacon, Essay 28.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deputynoun

    one appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc

  2. Deputynoun

    a member of the Chamber of Deputies


  1. Deputy

    A deputy is a legislator in many countries, particularly those with legislatures styled as a 'Chamber of Deputies' or 'National Assembly'.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. deputy

    An officer appointed to assist the court upon some general courts-martial for the trial of officers, seamen, and marines, accused of a breach of the articles of war.

Editors Contribution

  1. deputy

    A person with the authority to make decisions for their line manager within a business, company, enterprise, organization, political party or form of unity government.

    The Director has a deputy who shares the responsibility of employee and resource management.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 13, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deputy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2639

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deputy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3447

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deputy' in Nouns Frequency: #916

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deputy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deputy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Deputy in a Sentence

  1. Carole Baskin:

    I was so impressed with the deputy that showed up on the scene because Carole Baskin did exactly the right thing. And he showed amazing restraint in not shooting that tiger, he kept eye contact. He backed away slowly. A tiger, if you look down, if you turn, if that neighbor had run back to his door, that triggers their instinct to kill.

  2. Mahathir Mohamad:

    The former deputy PM would still be able to lead the country, provided that he listens to good advice...people with experience.

  3. Police Chief Troy Finner:

    Anytime a citizen gets shot in Houston, let alone a deputy's or officer's family, it's something we take seriously, but a lot of investigation has to go on with it.

  4. Jasmine Crenshaw:

    The statements made by the deputy police chief and the event’s ostentatious show of power send an ominous, frightening message: that, as an official stance, law enforcement will not tolerate expressions acknowledging our nation’s history of unequal treatment and systematic oppression, the magnitude of this event chills the belief that police should be held accountable when they abuse their power or discriminate against people of color, and pressures student athletes to act as props of the police.

  5. Drew Wade:

    Deputy marshals risk their lives every day going after the worst of the worst, this is a sad day for law enforcement.

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  • النائبArabic
  • представител, заместникBulgarian
  • stedfortræderDanish
  • Abgeordnete, Deputierte, Deputierter, Stellvertreter, Stellvertreterin, AbgeordneterGerman
  • adjunto, suplente, sustituto, diputado, representante, delegadoSpanish
  • varajäsen, edustaja, sijainenFinnish
  • député, suppléant, adjointFrench
  • fo-reiltaghManx
  • megbízott helyettesHungarian
  • պատգամավորArmenian
  • deputato, rappresentate, vice, delegatoItalian
  • 代理, 代理人, 代議士Japanese
  • მოადგილეGeorgian
  • kaitiriwā, tēputiMāori
  • adjudant, adjudanteDutch
  • deputado, representantePortuguese
  • adjunctRomanian
  • заместитель, заместительница, представительница, представитель, депутатRussian
  • biträdande, viceSwedish
  • துணைTamil
  • డిప్యూటీTelugu
  • รองThai
  • delege, milletvekiliTurkish

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    equally skillful with each hand
    • A. incumbent
    • B. elusive
    • C. tacky
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