- a commissioned officer ranking next below a colonel and next above a major.
Origin of lieutenant colonel
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for lieutenant colonel
The Israeli military quickly suspended the officer, a lieutenant-colonel, and stressed that the beating ran against Army policies.Mira Ten-Hagen’s Viral Video: Israel and Foreign Activists Clash
April 17, 2012
Lieutenant-Colonel Abercromby, who had led the only serious sortie from Yorktown, chewed his sword in impotent rage.Washington in Victory
October 10, 2008
On the same day Lieutenant-Colonel Gresham was forced by ill-health to leave us.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
In 1748, he was a lieutenant-colonel in the Swiss guards, in the service of Holland.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
He was a lieutenant-colonel, just one step above my own rank.
Lieutenant-Colonel Albright was leading our regiment and I was by his side.
This was no less than the removal of our Lieutenant-Colonel.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
- an officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a colonel in certain armies, air forces, and marine corps