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lieutenant commander

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noun U.S. Navy.
  1. a commissioned officer ranking next below a commander and next above a lieutenant.

Origin of lieutenant commander

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for lieutenant commander

Historical Examples

  • In one of these Lieutenant-Commander Mackenzie was mortally wounded.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • It was felt that Harry Blunt had a good joke on that lieutenant-commander.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

  • "By all means, providing he is willing," agreed the Lieutenant-Commander.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

  • "I'll humour the old chap," resumed the Lieutenant-Commander.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

  • "The sooner we get a light on the scene the better," continued the Lieutenant-Commander.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman


British Dictionary definitions for lieutenant commander

lieutenant commander

noun
  1. an officer holding commissioned rank in certain navies immediately junior to a commander
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