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Lord Lieutenant

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noun
  1. British. the title of various high officials holding authority deputed from a sovereign.
  2. (formerly) the viceroy in Ireland.
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Origin of Lord Lieutenant

First recorded in 1960–65
Related formsLord Lieutenancy, noun
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Examples from the Web for lord lieutenant

Historical Examples

  • The Lord-Lieutenant had given a ball, and had not invited the Leslies.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

    Various

  • You've attempted to play off an outrageous hoax on the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • I may not see that Lord-Lieutenant, gentlemen, and I may not see the statue.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • If the Lord-Lieutenant doesn't come, and he won't, who's going to give us the money?

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • "It must be the Lord-Lieutenant," said Mrs. Gregg ecstatically.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham


British Dictionary definitions for lord lieutenant

Lord Lieutenant

noun
  1. (in Britain) the representative of the Crown in a county
  2. (formerly) the British viceroy in Ireland
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