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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for first lieutenant

Historical Examples of first lieutenant

  • “He will follow you presently,” said the first-lieutenant, hoping to pacify her.

  • I was many years ago, first-lieutenant of the Rainbow frigate.

    The Ferryman of Brill

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Mr Schank therefore, as before, continued to act as our First-Lieutenant.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • The First-Lieutenant, in spite of his wooden leg and wound, was among the foremost.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • However, I walked into the gun-room to report myself and boat to the first-lieutenant.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

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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