from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Navy or Coast Guard that is above lieutenant junior grade and below lieutenant commander.
- n. A first lieutenant.
- n. A second lieutenant.
- n. One who holds the rank of lieutenant, first lieutenant, or second lieutenant.
- n. A commissioned officer in the British and Canadian navies ranking just below a lieutenant commander.
- n. An officer in a police or fire department ranking below a captain.
- n. One who acts in place of or represents a superior; an assistant or deputy: the organized crime figure and his lieutenants. See Synonyms at assistant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lowest commissioned officer rank or ranks in many military forces.
- n. A person who executes the plans and directives of another.
- adj. A military grade that is junior to the grade the adjective modifies: lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lieutenant commander.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A commissioned officer in the army, next below a captain.
- n. A commissioned officer in the British navy, in rank next below a commander.
- n. A commissioned officer in the United States navy, in rank next below a lieutenant commander.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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).
- n. In archery, the winner of a lieutenancy in a shooting-match.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a commissioned military officer
- n. an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
- n. an officer in a police force
- n. 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
Middle English, deputy, from Old French : lieu, lieu; see lieu + tenant, present participle of tenir, to hold (from Latin tenēre).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lieu ("place") + tenant ("holding"). (Wiktionary)