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second lieutenant

noun U.S. Military.
  1. an Army, Air Force, or Marine officer of the lowest commissioned rank.Compare ensign(def 4).
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Origin of second lieutenant

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for second lieutenant

Historical Examples of second lieutenant

  • Then we dined, sharing the food—Thompson's food—with the second-lieutenant.

    Our Casualty And Other Stories

    James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham

  • The only officer remaining to strike her flag had been her second-lieutenant.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser

  • One officer, a second-lieutenant, commanded the remains of the battalion.

  • P——, a second-lieutenant of the 8th, lies weltering beside me.

  • The transport, you will find, is in command of a second-lieutenant.

British Dictionary definitions for second lieutenant

second lieutenant

  1. an officer holding the lowest commissioned rank in the armed forces of certain nations
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