- British. the title of various high officials holding authority deputed from a sovereign.
- (formerly) the viceroy in Ireland.
Origin of Lord Lieutenant
First recorded in 1960–65
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Examples from the Web for lord lieutenant
The Lord-Lieutenant had given a ball, and had not invited the Leslies.
You've attempted to play off an outrageous hoax on the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland.
I may not see that Lord-Lieutenant, gentlemen, and I may not see the statue.
If the Lord-Lieutenant doesn't come, and he won't, who's going to give us the money?
"It must be the Lord-Lieutenant," said Mrs. Gregg ecstatically.
- (in Britain) the representative of the Crown in a county
- (formerly) the British viceroy in Ireland