- a commissioned officer ranking next below a general and next above a major general.
Origin of lieutenant general
First recorded in 1480–90
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Examples from the Web for lieutenant general
If he be a soldier, he is sure to scribble his name with 'lieutenant-general' before it.Tony Butler
Charles James Lever
I 'd rather put a ball in that fellow than be a Lieutenant-General.
Can't you see that everybody hasn't a Lieutenant-General for a father?
He here acted again as Lieutenant-General, and commanded the siege.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
Then you can have a peerage, and become a duke and lieutenant-general.The Queen's Necklace
Alexandre Dumas pre
- an officer holding commissioned rank in certain armies, air forces, and marine corps immediately junior to a general
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