[loo-ten-uh n-see]

noun, plural lieu·ten·an·cies.

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

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

Examples from the Web for lieutenancy

Historical Examples of lieutenancy

  • They did so, and secured each a lieutenancy in an artillery regiment.

  • Soon after his return, on the 8th of April 1777, he passed his examination for a lieutenancy.

  • The men wished to put up Allan Gold for the lieutenancy, but Allan declined.

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  • What do you say, gentlemen, to a second lieutenancy for General Beatty's friend?

  • "Recommend him for a first lieutenancy," I suggested; and they did.

Word Origin and History for lieutenancy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper