• WordNet 3.6
    • n lieutenant an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
    • n lieutenant an officer in a police force
    • n lieutenant a commissioned military officer
    • n lieutenant an officer holding a commissioned rank in the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard; below lieutenant commander and above lieutenant junior grade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lieutenant A commissioned officer in the army, next below a captain.
    • Lieutenant A commissioned officer in the British navy, in rank next below a commander.
    • Lieutenant A commissioned officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a lieutenant commander.
    • Lieutenant An officer who supplies the place of a superior in his absence; a representative of, or substitute for, another in the performance of any duty. "The lawful magistrate, who is the vicegerent or lieutenant of God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lieutenant In general, one who holds the place of another in the performance of any duty or function; one authorized to act in lieu of another, or employed to carry out his will or purposes; the substitute or representative of a superior.
    • n lieutenant One who holds an office, civil or military, in subordination to or as the representative of a superior; an officer authorized to perform certain functions in the absence or under the orders of another: as, the lieutenant of the Tower of London; the lord lieutenant of Ireland or of an English county (considered the direct representative of the sovereign). Particularly— In the army, a commissioned officer next in rank below a captain, and commanding the company in his absence. In the United States this officer is called first lieutenant, and has under him a subordinate officer called second lieutenant.
    • n lieutenant In archery, the winner of a lieutenancy in a shooting-match.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lieutenant lef-ten′ant one representing or performing the work of another: an officer holding the place of another in his absence: a commissioned officer in the army next below a captain, or in the navy next below a commander and ranking with captain in the army: one holding a place next in rank to a superior, as in the compounds Lieuten′ant-col′onel, Lieuten′ant-gen′eral
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. lieu, place + tenant, holding, p. pr. of tenir, to hold, L. tenere,. See Lieu, and Tenant, and cf. Locum tenens
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.; cf. Lieu and Tenant.


In literature:

Lieutenant Prescott is no stranger to our readers.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Philippines" by H. Irving Hancock
Formerly the captain and his lieutenants were not of necessity seamen.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The lieutenant spun around.
"I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon" by Richard Sabia
His Majesty exhibited much genuine feeling as the admirals captains and lieutenants in succession came up to him.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The Lord-Lieutenant wouldn't come to Ballymoy.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Lieutenant Tonti sent Forward.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Among the 26 killed and 80 wounded were the lieutenant-colonel killed, and the colonel and major wounded.
"From Fort Henry to Corinth" by Manning Ferguson Force
The police lieutenant looked up.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I am sending Lieutenant Francis Augustus Tibbetts to take charge of Houssas.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
On the 17th August, 1799, General Hunter appeared and assumed the Lieutenant Governorship to which he had been appointed by the King.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger

In poetry:

"That all resistance would be vain,
Too well, alas! I knew:
For what could I, when you were ta'en,
Your poor lieutenant, do?"
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Au revoir --- and yet in parting
I'll remember one thing, coat
While I wore you you sure gathered
More than one lieutenant's goat
"Old F. S. Coat" by Robert A Donaldson
Lieutenant Keen was "great," and yet
He would look over the parapet;
And something smacked him in the head,
And he lay down as dead as dead.
"Killed" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
And there isn't a port the wide world round
From London River to Puget Sound,
From Sand Heads Light to Vallipo Bay,
But Lieutenant Shellback's passed that way.
"Lieutenant Shellback R.N.R." by Cicely Fox Smith
And there wasn't so much those old salts knew,
'Sails' and bosun, skipper and crew,
From trimming yards to a fancy knot,
But Lieutenant Shellback learnt the lot.
"Lieutenant Shellback R.N.R." by Cicely Fox Smith
And there isn't a death that sailors dare
From Carrick Roads to the Straits of Le Mair,
Nor a kind of a risk that seamen run,
But Lieutenant Shellback's faced each one.
"Lieutenant Shellback R.N.R." by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Aida Guzman was punched by lieutenant.
Seattle police lieutenant acquitted of assault.
A Seattle police lieutenant accused of assaulting his wife during an argument in June was acquitted of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge Wednesday by a municipal court jury.
Police lieutenant hails 'bravery' of retired NYC cop that died in chopper crash.
Police lieutenant wounded in Sikh temple shooting released from hospital.
Court hearing set for former police lieutenant .
A New Orleans Police Department lieutenant was booked Thursday with DWI on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, authorities said.
Disciplinary hearing set for Montville police lieutenant .
Ogden police lieutenant made asstistant chief.
Five Republican candidates vie for the lieutenant governor-elect's former Senate seat in Tuesday's primary.
Richter, whose appointment was announced Wednesday, will serve as president pro tempore , and will effectively be Gaetz's top lieutenant.
Unsuccessful run for Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2002.
Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo is our guest Monday July 6th on Issues & Answers: The Mountain Edition.
What would you like to ask the Lieutenant Governor.
I'll use some of your questions when I sit down with the Lieutenant Governor Monday at 7pm.