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[suhb-loo-ten-uh nt] /ˌsʌb luˈtɛn ənt/
British. a navy officer ranking next below a lieutenant.
Origin of sublieutenant
First recorded in 1695-1705; sub- + lieutenant
Related forms
sublieutenancy, noun Unabridged
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  • My dear young lady, the sublieutenant cried, approaching her with a leer.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
  • A sublieutenant sabers a student who had inadvertently jogged his elbow.

    Comrade Kropotkin Victor Robinson
  • "He says he wants a tow for that boat of his," reported the sublieutenant.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
  • sublieutenant Boucher, apparently a mere lad, was in command, and handled his ship with the skill of an older sailor.

  • The Colonel bent low over his cups and laughed at a joke the sublieutenant whispered.

    The Fall of a Nation Thomas Dixon
British Dictionary definitions for sublieutenant


the most junior commissioned officer in the Royal Navy and certain other navies
Derived Forms
sublieutenancy, noun
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