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.Dick Cheney vs. ‘Unbroken’
December 15, 2014
Neary had held the rank of lieutenant since 1983 and received multiple commendations during nearly four decades on the job.The Mystery Death Of A Female Firefighter
December 13, 2014
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.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
Lieutenant Rawlins volunteered to try and reach it with the order.
Captain Baker and Lieutenant Wheatley followed with a few more.
Lieutenant Wynter brought these back, as an escort to the guns.
Lieutenant Ford was wounded and a branch of an artery was cut.
Had he not had the strength to do so, Lieutenant Ford must have died.
- 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
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-).