Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A professional person (such as a doctor or clergyman) who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A substitute or deputy; one filling an office for a time.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who holds the place of another; a deputy or temporary substitute.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone (physician or clergyman) who substitutes temporarily for another member of the same profession

Etymologies

Medieval Latin locum tenēns : Latin locum, accusative of locus, place + Latin tenēns, present participle of tenēre, to hold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Existing in English since the seventeenth century: from Medieval Latin locum tenens, “one holding a place”. (Wiktionary)

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