What does lieutenant mean?

Definitions for lieutenant
luˈtɛn ənt; in Brit. use, except in the navy, lɛfˈtɛn əntlieu·tenant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lieutenantnoun

    a commissioned military officer

  2. lieutenant, police lieutenantnoun

    an officer in a police force

  3. deputy, lieutenantnoun

    an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent

  4. lieutenantnoun

    an officer holding a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant commander and above lieutenant junior grade


  1. lieutenantnoun

    The lowest commissioned officer rank or ranks in many military forces.

  2. lieutenantnoun

    In the US Army, Air Force and Marines, second lieutenant is the rank below first lieutenant, which is below captain. Both ranks may be referred to as Lieutenant or as the complete forms of the ranks.

  3. lieutenantnoun

    A naval officer whose rank is above that of ensign in the United States Navy and below that of a lieutenant commander. There are two ranks of lieutenant: lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant.

  4. lieutenantnoun

    A commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration whose rank is above that of ensign and below lieutenant commander. There are two ranks of lieutenant: lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant.

  5. lieutenantnoun

    A naval officer in the Royal Navy who holds the rank above sub-lieutenant and below lieutenant commander.

  6. lieutenantnoun

    A naval officer who holds the rank above sub-lieutenant and below lieutenant commander.

  7. lieutenantnoun

    A person who executes the plans and directives of another.

  8. lieutenantadjective

    A military grade that is junior to the grade the adjective modifies: lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lieutenant commander.

  9. Etymology: From lieu + tenant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lieutenantnoun

    an officer who supplies the place of a superior in his absence; a representative of, or substitute for, another in the performance of any duty

  2. Lieutenantnoun

    a commissioned officer in the army, next below a captain

  3. Lieutenantnoun

    a commissioned officer in the British navy, in rank next below a commander

  4. Lieutenantnoun

    a commissioned officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a lieutenant commander

  5. Etymology: [F., fr. lieu place + tenant holding, p. pr. of tenir to hold, L. tenere. See Lieu, and Tenant, and cf. Locum tenens.]


  1. Lieutenant

    A lieutenant is a junior commissioned officer in many nations' armed forces. The meaning of lieutenant differs in different military formations, but is often subdivided into senior and junior ranks. In navies it is often equivalent to the army rank of captain; it may also indicate a particular post rather than a rank. The rank is also used in fire services, emergency medical services, security services and police forces. Lieutenant may also appear as part of a title used in various other organizations with a codified command structure. It often designates someone who is "second-in-command," and as such, may precede the name of the rank directly above it. For example, a "lieutenant master" is likely to be second-in-command to the "master" in an organization using both ranks. Notable uses include lieutenant governor in various governments, and Quebec lieutenant in Canadian politics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lieutenant

    lef-ten′ant, n. one representing or performing the work of another: an officer holding the place of another in his absence: a commissioned officer in the army next below a captain, or in the navy next below a commander and ranking with captain in the army: one holding a place next in rank to a superior, as in the compounds Lieuten′ant-col′onel, Lieuten′ant-gen′eral.—ns. Lieuten′ancy, Lieuten′antship, office or commission of a lieutenant: the body of lieutenants; Lieuten′ant-gov′ernor, in India, the name of the chief official in the provinces of Bengal, Behar, and Orissa, the North-western Provinces, and Oudh, Punjab, and Delhi; Lieuten′ant-gov′ernorship; Lieuten′antry (Shak.), lieutenancy; Lord′-lieuten′ant, the title of the viceroy of Ireland: in the British Isles, a permanent governor of a county appointed by the sovereign, usually a peer or other large land-owner, at the head of the magistracy and the chief executive authority; Sub′-lieuten′ant, formerly mate or passed midshipman, now the intermediate rank in the navy between midshipman and lieutenant.—Field-marshal lieutenant (see Field-marshal). [Fr.; cf. Lieu and Tenant.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lieutenant

    From the French, lieu tenant, “holding the place,” in a general sense is an officer performing the duties of his superior. The rank was abolished by Charles IX. in the French army, and re-established by Henry IV. In company organizations the lieutenant comes next after the captain, and supplies his place during temporary absence. There are two grades of lieutenants, first and second. A lieutenant in the navy is an officer ranking with a captain in the army, holding rank above a master and below a lieutenant-commander.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lieutenant' in Nouns Frequency: #2974

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lieutenant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lieutenant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of lieutenant in a Sentence

  1. Michael Berry:

    I believe some of what the lieutenant has alleged could constitute a military crime – false statements, taking what the chaplain said and twisting or misconstruing it in an attempt to get the chaplain punished, he abused the position he was placed in as a chaplain’s assistant.

  2. Orlando Police Department:

    In the years since Debra Clayton death, Lieutenant Clayton's loved ones and the entire OPD family waited for the day when the defendant would be held accountable for his heinous crimes. Lieutenant Clayton will now face the highest penalty provided by the law.

  3. Curtis Sliwa:

    This is signage that is evident almost everywhere across the State of New York, where the state has any kind of facility, park -- any kind of edifice, any kind of building, let this be the first of many changes to come for the incoming governor, lieutenant governor now, Kathy Hochul.

  4. Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown:

    With nearly 3 decades as an attorney, and experiences ranging from a young lieutenant in the United States Army to a three-term member of the United States Congress, I know that as Attorney General you can either be a champion for progress or a defender of the status quo, marylanders deserve a champion for progress. As Attorney General, I will be that champion and will never back down from a challenge.

  5. President Trump:

    I don't know him, i don't know, as he says, 'Lieutenant Colonel.' I understand somebody had him the misfortune of calling him 'Mr.' and he corrected them. I never saw the man. I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all.

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