The father was just a subaltern then, and no so very discreet either; and she was fighting among her young family, poor thing!
I was lunching with William next day, and I told him about the subaltern.
The subaltern ran on harder than ever, with some vague idea of "stopping a scene," but he need not have bothered.
It was the subaltern standard-bearer, who had been shot through the left lung.
When the hand was finished the subaltern turned round, and for the first time perceived who was speaking to him.
He entreats Blount, who is his subaltern, to shoulder the blame.
In the British army a lieutenant is a subaltern officer ranking next below a captain and above a second lieutenant.
"The enemy are continuing to fortify the coast, Sir," said the subaltern.
The subaltern's Company was directly in front of the village itself; another Company to the right, the fourth in local reserve.
"We're all for barley-sugar ourselves just now," the subaltern went on.
"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.