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[dep-yuh-tee] /ˈdɛp yə ti/
noun, plural deputies.
a person appointed or authorized to act as a substitute for another or others.
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English depute < Old French, noun use of past participle of deputer to depute
Related forms
deputyship, noun
subdeputy, noun, plural subdeputies.
1. agent, representative, surrogate, envoy, emissary, proxy. Unabridged
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  • He had been over to the Court-house, he said, helping the deputy along with a new "batch of moonshiners."

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • "I was not the only Roumanian who was a deputy," said the old man of the furrowed face.

  • This time the carriage stopped; a slender hand gloved in black let down the window, and beckoned to the Tuscan deputy.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • The deputy tugged a minute at his mustache, searching his arid mind.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • With much animation, the rumored resignation of the deputy Warden is discussed.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
British Dictionary definitions for deputy


noun (pl) -ties
  1. a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
  2. (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
(Brit, mining) another word for fireman (sense 4)
Word Origin
C16: from Old French depute, from deputer to appoint; see depute
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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).

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