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first lieutenant

noun, Military.
an officer ranking next above second lieutenant and next below a captain.
Origin of first lieutenant
First recorded in 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For more than five years, the ink of first lieutenant Hense's commission had been perfectly dry.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
British Dictionary definitions for first lieutenant

first lieutenant

the officer responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of a warship, esp the executive officer of a smaller ship in the Royal Navy
an officer holding commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, or in certain other forces, senior to a second lieutenant and junior to a captain
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