lieutenant

A lieutenant is a commissioned officer in the armed forces or the police who can take command if her higher-ups aren't around.

Lieutenant is pronounced "loo-TEN-unt." If you're confused about all those vowels, blame the French, because the word comes from the French words lieu, meaning "place," and tenant meaning "holding." A lieutenant is someone who holds the place of authority for the person who really has it. If you start a super secret club, you should choose someone to be the lieutenant who can run meetings when you're not there.

Definitions of lieutenant
  1. noun
    a commissioned military officer
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    types:
    1st lieutenant, first lieutenant
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines ranking above a 2nd lieutenant and below a captain
    2nd lieutenant, second lieutenant
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps holding the lowest rank
    sublieutenant
    an officer ranking next below a lieutenant
    type of:
    commissioned military officer
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
  2. noun
    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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    type of:
    commissioned naval officer
    a commissioned officer in the navy
  3. noun
    an officer in a police force
    synonyms: police lieutenant
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    type of:
    law officer, lawman, peace officer
    an officer of the law
  4. noun
    an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
    synonyms: deputy
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    types:
    second-in-command
    someone who relieves a commander
    vicar-general
    (Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop
    vice-regent
    a regent's deputy
    type of:
    assistant, help, helper, supporter
    a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
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