[ loo-ten-uh n-see ]
/ luˈtɛn ən si /

noun, plural lieu·ten·an·cies.

the office, authority, incumbency, or jurisdiction of a lieutenant.
lieutenants collectively.

Nearby words

  1. lieu,
  2. lieut,
  3. lieut.,
  4. lieut. col.,
  5. lieut. comdr.,
  6. lieutenant,
  7. lieutenant colonel,
  8. lieutenant commander,
  9. lieutenant general,
  10. lieutenant governor

Origin of lieutenancy

First recorded in 1400–50, lieutenancy is from the late Middle English word lieutenauncie. See lieutenant, -ancy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for lieutenancy



mid-15c., from lieutenant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper