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. Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey:

    By the grace of God, the deputy wasn’t hit.

  2. Neil Quilliam:

    The magnitude of these attacks is not lost on the population, nor is the fact that he (the crown prince) is the minister of defense and his brother is deputy defense minister, and yet arguably the country has suffered its largest attack ever and on the crown jewels, there's a diminishing confidence in his ability to secure the country – and that's a consequence of his policies.

  3. Neama Rahmani:

    Bail reform and COVID delays claim another innocent victim, george Gascon has been largely criticized for the increase in violent crime in Los Angeles. Los Angeles’s time George Gascon stops acting like a defense attorney and allows prosecutors to charge violent felons with sentencing enhancements. George Gascon, the progressive Los Angeles district attorney, has raised the ire of law enforcement and George Gascon own assistant DAs for George Gascon allegedly soft-on-crime policies. Los Angeles POLICE ID Shawn Laval Smith AS SUSPECTED KILLER OF Brianna Kupfer Homicides are up more than 60 % in the City of Los Angeles and over 90 % in Los Angeles, according to records from the LAPD and sheriff’s office. Eric Siddall, the vice president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys, excoriated Gascon in an essay published to the union’s website this week.

  4. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper:

    The driver's arm came out of the vehicle with a handgun and shot the deputy right here.

  5. Eldred Masunungure:

    In normal circumstances the president should have canceled the trip or booked a flight back home to deal with a very urgent situation, but it could be that he has absolute confidence that his deputy is in charge.

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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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