lieutenancy

[loo-ten-uhn-see]
noun, plural lieutenancies.
1.
the office, authority, incumbency, or jurisdiction of a lieutenant.
2.
lieutenants collectively.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English lieutenauncie. See lieutenant, -ancy

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lieutenant (lɛfˈtɛnənt, US luːˈtɛnənt)
 
n
1.  a military officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a captain
2.  a naval officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a lieutenant commander
3.  (US) an officer in a police or fire department ranking immediately junior to a captain
4.  a person who holds an office in subordination to or in place of a superior
 
[C14: from Old French, literally: place-holding]
 
lieu'tenancy
 
n

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Example sentences
There are three candidates for the first lieutenancy.
He went into the service over two years ago as a corporal and was promoted to a lieutenancy.
For the purposes of the lieutenancy it remains part of the ceremonial county of dorset.
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