Origin of lieutenant
Examples from the Web for lieutenant
He was a young Army Air Force lieutenant whose plane crashed in the Pacific in May 1943.
Neary had held the rank of lieutenant since 1983 and received multiple commendations during nearly four decades on the job.
In 2010, he finished second with 39 percent in the race for lieutenant governor.
He ran on a serious one-issue platform: eliminate the office of lieutenant governor.
My immediate chief was a Lieutenant Colonel Verne L. Bowers, clearly picked out by Eisenhower as a highly talented staff officer.
Do not let the lieutenant take too many chances, is my suggestion.Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders Among the Kentucky Mountaineers|Jessie Graham Flower
Claudius himself came for a brief visit to receive the congratulations of the army on the victory which his lieutenant had won.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
And what may be your business with me, Mr Second Lieutenant?The Fixed Period|Anthony Trollope
At the first fire, the lieutenant and three of his men were killed.Daniel Boone|John S. C. Abbott
The subadar major stuck to Lieutenant Cassells, and it is to him the lieutenant owes his life.The Story of the Malakand Field Force|Sir Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for lieutenant
Word Origin for lieutenant
Word Origin and History for lieutenant
late 14c., "one who takes the place of another," from Old French lieu tenant "substitute, deputy," literally "placeholder," from lieu "place" (see lieu) + tenant, present participle of tenir "to hold" (see tenant). The notion is of a "substitute" for higher authority. Specific military sense of "officer next in rank to a captain" is from 1570s. Pronunciation with lef- is common in Britain, and spellings to reflect it date back to 14c., but the origin of this is a mystery (OED rejects suggestion that it comes from old confusion of -u- and -v-).