a commissioned military officer
lieutenant, police lieutenant(noun)
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.
Origin: From lieu + tenant.
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
Origin: [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
Lieutenant Moscoso is now free and is in good condition.
I believe these women, and I believe it is time for Lieutenant Governor to resign.
Douglas Wilder as lieutenant governor actions have been painful and cutting for many Virginians.
Had Lieutenant Rice taken one small measure of compassion and humanity Freddie Gray would be alive.
Lieutenant Governor feels Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. These allegations are deeply disturbing.
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- tinentCatalan, Valencian
- Leutnant, LeutnantinGerman
- υπαρχηγός, ανθυποσμηναγός, ανθυπολοχαγός, πρωτοπαλίκαρο, ανθυποπλοίαρχος, υποσμηναγός, υπολοχαγός, υποπλοίαρχοςGreek
- litinent, tenentRomansh
- замести́тель, лейтенант, помо́щник, поручикRussian
- poročnica, pribočnik, poročnikSlovene
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