lieutenant general


noun U.S. Military.

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

Origin of lieutenant general

First recorded in 1480–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lieutenant general

Historical Examples of 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.


    Charles James Lever

  • Can't you see that everybody hasn't a Lieutenant-General for a father?


    Charles James Lever

  • He here acted again as Lieutenant-General, and commanded the siege.

  • Then you can have a peerage, and become a duke and lieutenant-general.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre

British Dictionary definitions for lieutenant general

lieutenant general


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