lieutenant

[ loo-ten-uh nt; in British use, except in the navy, lef-ten-uh nt ]
/ luˈtɛn ənt; in British use, except in the navy, lɛfˈtɛn ənt /

noun

U.S. Navy. a commissioned officer ranking between lieutenant junior grade and lieutenant commander.
a person who holds an office, civil or military, in subordination to a superior for whom he or she acts: If he can't attend, he will send his lieutenant.

Origin of lieutenant

1325–75; Middle English < Middle French, noun use of adj. phrase lieu tenant place-holding. See locum tenens, lieu, tenant

Related forms

un·der·lieu·ten·ant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for lieutenant

lieutenant

/ (lɛfˈtɛnənt, US luːˈtɛnənt) /

noun

a military officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a captain
a naval officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a lieutenant commander
US an officer in a police or fire department ranking immediately junior to a captain
a person who holds an office in subordination to or in place of a superior

Derived Forms

lieutenancy, noun

Word Origin for lieutenant

C14: from Old French, literally: place-holding
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