lieutenant colonel

noun U.S. Military.

a commissioned officer ranking next below a colonel and next above a major.

Origin of lieutenant colonel

First recorded in 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lieutenant colonel

lieutenant colonel


an officer holding commissioned rank immediately junior to a colonel in certain armies, air forces, and marine corps
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