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Definitions for lieutenant
luˈtɛn ənt; in Brit. use, except in the navy, lɛfˈtɛn əntlieu·tenant
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a commissioned military officer
lieutenant, police lieutenantnoun
an officer in a police force
an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
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
The lowest commissioned officer rank or ranks in many military forces.
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.
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.
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.
A naval officer in the Royal Navy who holds the rank above sub-lieutenant and below lieutenant commander.
A naval officer who holds the rank above sub-lieutenant and below lieutenant commander.
A person who executes the plans and directives of another.
A military grade that is junior to the grade the adjective modifies: lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lieutenant commander.
Etymology: From lieu + tenant.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: lieutenant, French.
Whither away so fast?
—— No farther than the tower,
To gratulate the gentle princes there.
—— We’ll enter all together,
And in good time here the lieutenant comes. William Shakespeare.
I must put you in mind of the lords lieutenants, and deputy lieutenants, of the counties: their proper use is for ordering the military affairs, in order to oppose an invasion from abroad, or a rebellion or sedition at home. Francis Bacon.
Killing, as it is considered in itself without all undue circumstances, was never prohibited to the lawful magistrate, who is the vicegerent or lieutenant of God, from whom he derives his power of life and death. John Bramhall, against Hobbes.
Sent by our new lieutenant, who in Rome,
And since from me, has heard of your renown:
I come to offer peace. Ambrose Philips, Briton.
It were meet that such captains only were employed as have formerly served in that country, and been at least lieutenants there. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.
According to military custom the place was good, and the lieutenant of the colonel’s company might well pretend to the next vacant captainship. Henry Wotton.
The earl of Essex was made lieutenant general of the army; the most popular man of the kingdom, and the darling of the sword men. Edward Hyde.
His lieutenant, engaging against his positive orders, being beaten by Lysander, Alcibiades was again banished. Jonathan Swift.
Canst thou so many gallant soldiers see,
And captains and lieutenants slight for me. John Gay.
A lieutenant (UK: lef-TEN-ənt, US: loo-TEN-ənt; abbreviated Lt., Lt, LT, Lieut and similar) is a commissioned officer rank in the armed forces of many nations. The meaning of lieutenant differs in different militaries (see comparative military ranks), but it is often subdivided into senior (first lieutenant) and junior (second lieutenant and even third lieutenant) 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 organisations 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 organisation using both ranks. Political uses include lieutenant governor in various governments, such as the viceregal representatives of the Crown in Canadian provinces. In the United Kingdom, a lord lieutenant is the sovereign's representative in a county or lieutenancy area, while a deputy lieutenant is one of the lord lieutenant's deputies.
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
a commissioned officer in the army, next below a captain
a commissioned officer in the British navy, in rank next below a commander
a commissioned officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a lieutenant commander
Etymology: [F., fr. lieu place + tenant holding, p. pr. of tenir to hold, L. tenere. See Lieu, and Tenant, and cf. Locum tenens.]
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
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
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
Rank popularity for the word 'lieutenant' in Nouns Frequency: #2974
The numerical value of lieutenant in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of lieutenant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of lieutenant in a Sentence
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.
There is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes in their relentless and massive bombardment of residential areas of Rafah in order to foil the capture of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, displaying a shocking disregard for civilian lives, they carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which they have completely failed to investigate independently.
The same ‘ White nationalists ’ who elected Republican Glenn Youngkin governorof Virginia voted for Former Republican Delegate Winsome Sears, a Black woman, as lieutenant governor, how racist ! They alsoelected Republican Jason Miyares, Jason Miyares, as their next attorney general. What bigots !
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.
Our father, Lieutenant Colonel Herbert R. McMaster( U.S. Army, retired), was a tough and compassionate soldier and public servant. He was committed to his neighbors, his fellow soldiers, his community and his country, the best way to honor his memory is for all of us to do all we can to prevent others from suffering at the hands of those who lack compassion and abandon even the most basic standards of human decency.
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- tinentCatalan, Valencian
- Leutnantin, LeutnantGerman
- υπαρχηγός, υποσμηναγός, ανθυποσμηναγός, ανθυποπλοίαρχος, ανθυπολοχαγός, υπολοχαγός, υποπλοίαρχος, πρωτοπαλίκαροGreek
- litinent, tenentRomansh
- поручик, лейтенант, помо́щник, замести́тельRussian
- poročnik, pribočnik, poročnicaSlovene
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