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first lieutenant

noun, Military
an officer ranking next above second lieutenant and next below a captain.
Origin of first lieutenant
1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was first lieutenant at the time, but his captain was detached on other duty.
  • He had been promoted to first lieutenant two days before, but in his typical understated manner kept the news to himself.
  • His presumably loyal first lieutenant is as vicious and sneaky a cad as a haughty can generously make him be.
British Dictionary definitions for first lieutenant

first lieutenant

the officer responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a warship, esp the executive officer of a smaller ship in the Royal Navy
an officer holding commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or in certain other forces, senior to a second lieutenant and junior to a captain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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