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lieu·ten·ant

lieutenant

 
pronunciation:
lu te nnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a military officer of a rank just below captain.
The lieutenant reported to the captain.
definition 2: in the United States, a police officer who supervises other police officers and whose rank is above a sergeant and below a captain.
definition 3: a person who works under a person of higher rank but may have the authority, at times, to act on that person's behalf, in a similar manner to a deputy.
similar words:
deputy
Word History
Lieutenant entered the English language in 1378. It comes from an early French word meaning "one who holds the place of another." Originally, a lieutenant was someone who could be called on to substitute for the king or officer he served.
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