- a person appointed or authorized to act as a substitute for another or others.
- deputy sheriff.
- a person appointed or elected as assistant to a public official, serving as successor in the event of a vacancy.
- a person representing a constituency in certain legislative bodies.
- appointed, elected, or serving as an assistant or second-in-command.
Origin of deputy
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Examples from the Web for deputy
Patrick Klugman, the deputy mayor of Paris, said: “We are living our kind of 9/11,” he said.France Kills Charlie Hebdo Murderers
January 9, 2015
Coincidently, both he and the deputy shadow governor are Korengalis and Zalwar Khan knows them well.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
One is Dmitry Rogozin, the former ambassador to NATO and current deputy prime minister.Think Putin’s Bad? Wait for the Next Guy
November 14, 2014
Ibrahim made clear to Deputy Dennis Meyer that his daughter was a respectful and dutiful girl of Sudanese extraction.
When the deputy arrived at the apartment, he asked to speak with the girls and was led to their bedroom.
Looking back, Andy saw a rifle pitch to the shoulder of the deputy.
The master and mistress thenceforth transact their affairs by deputy.
To all of this the deputy listened sadly, combing his mustaches.
The deputy officer took a chair and tipped it back against the wall.
Jared Wiley, the deputy, was talking to a group near the stain, explaining.The Gentleman From Indiana
- a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
- (as modifier)the deputy chairman
- a member of the legislative assembly or of the lower chamber of the legislature in various countries, such as France
- British mining another word for fireman (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for deputy
c.1400, "one given the full power of an officer without holding the office," from Anglo-French deputé, noun use of past participle of Middle French députer "appoint, assign" (14c.), from Late Latin deputare "to destine, allot," in classical Latin "to esteem, consider, consider as," literally "to cut off, prune," from de- "away" (see de-) + putare "to think, count, consider," literally "to cut, prune" (see pave).