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lieutenant

lieu·ten·ant

lieutenant

 
pronunciation:
lu te nnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in the U.S. Air Force, Army, or Marine Corps, an officer ranking just below captain; first lieutenant.
definition 2: in the U.S. Air Force, Army, or Marine Corps, an officer of the lowest commissioned rank; second lieutenant.
definition 3: in the U.S., British, or Canadian Navy, an officer ranking just below a lieutenant commander.
definition 4: one who holds a subordinate position or who acts on behalf of a superior.
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Lieutenant entered the English language in 1378. It comes from an early French word meaning "one who holds the place of another." Originally, a lieutenant was someone who could be called on to substitute for the king or officer he served.
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