- British. a navy officer ranking next below a lieutenant.
Origin of sublieutenant
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Examples from the Web for sublieutenant
My dear young lady, the Sublieutenant cried, approaching her with a leer.
A sublieutenant sabers a student who had inadvertently jogged his elbow.Comrade Kropotkin
"He says he wants a tow for that boat of his," reported the sublieutenant.Told in the East
Sublieutenant Boucher, apparently a mere lad, was in command, and handled his ship with the skill of an older sailor.Sailing Alone Around The World
The Colonel bent low over his cups and laughed at a joke the Sublieutenant whispered.
- the most junior commissioned officer in the Royal Navy and certain other navies
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