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lieutenant

[loo-ten-uh nt; in British use, except in the navy, lef-ten-uh nt] /luˈtɛn ənt; in British use, except in the navy, lɛfˈtɛn ənt/
noun
2.
U.S. Navy. a commissioned officer ranking between lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant commander.
3.
a person who holds an office, civil or military, in subordination to a superior for whom he or she acts:
If he can't attend, he will send his lieutenant.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Middle French, noun use of adj. phrase lieu tenant place-holding. See locum tenens, lieu, tenant
Related forms
underlieutenant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underlieutenant

lieutenant

/lɛfˈtɛnənt; US luːˈtɛnənt/
noun
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
Derived Forms
lieutenancy, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, literally: place-holding
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Word Origin and History for underlieutenant

lieutenant

n.

late 14c., "one who takes the place of another," from Old French lieu tenant "substitute, deputy," literally "placeholder," from lieu "place" (see lieu) + tenant, present participle of tenir "to hold" (see tenant). The notion is of a "substitute" for higher authority. Specific military sense of "officer next in rank to a captain" is from 1570s. Pronunciation with lef- is common in Britain, and spellings to reflect it date back to 14c., but the origin of this is a mystery (OED rejects suggestion that it comes from old confusion of -u- and -v-).

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Slang definitions & phrases for underlieutenant

lieutenant

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third lieutenant


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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underlieutenant in the Bible

(only in A.V. Esther 3:12; 8:9; 9:3; Ezra 8:36), a governor or viceroy of a Persian province having both military and civil power. Correctly rendered in the Revised Version "satrap."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for underlieutenant

lieutenant

company grade officer, the lowest rank of commissioned officer in most armies of the world. The lieutenant normally commands a small tactical unit such as a platoon.

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