The father was just a subaltern then, and no so very discreet either; and she was fighting among her young family, poor thing!
I had before appointed a subaltern's guard for the protection of my baggage.
The subaltern ran on harder than ever, with some vague idea of "stopping a scene," but he need not have bothered.
With such a subaltern, what might not he, Father Esteban, accomplish!
When the hand was finished the subaltern turned round, and for the first time perceived who was speaking to him.
The subaltern, who approached too closely, received a share of the blows as well.
In the British army a lieutenant is a subaltern officer ranking next below a captain and above a second lieutenant.
Well, you're like a young officer—a subaltern they call it, don't they?
The subaltern's Company was directly in front of the village itself; another Company to the right, the fourth in local reserve.
He had fully anticipated the answer, as the subaltern replied, "Only the women servants."
"subordinate," c.1400 (implied in subalternal), from Middle French subalterne, from Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + alternus "every other (one), one after the other" (see alternate (adj.)). The noun meaning "person of inferior rank" is attested from c.1600; as the designation of an army officer, from 1680s.