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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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  • “Desperate and determined to the last,” observed the first-lieutenant.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • “He will follow you presently,” said the first-lieutenant, hoping to pacify her.

  • The first-lieutenant and master were in close consultation to windward.

    The King's Own Captain Frederick Marryat
  • I was many years ago, first-lieutenant of the Rainbow frigate.

    The Ferryman of Brill William H. G. Kingston
  • The first-lieutenant told me that the gunner was the best poet in the ship.

    Pencil Sketches Eliza Leslie
  • The first-lieutenant, in spite of his wooden leg and wound, was among the foremost.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • Lieut. Archer was first-lieutenant of the Phœnix at the time she was lost.

  • Mr Schank therefore, as before, continued to act as our first-lieutenant.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • As a lieutenant, he made a good deck officer and a very excellent executive or first-lieutenant.

  • The captain and the first-lieutenant both held this opinion.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
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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