from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lower in position or rank; secondary.
- adj. Chiefly British Holding a military rank just below that of captain.
- adj. Logic In the relation of a particular proposition to a universal with the same subject, predicate, and quality.
- n. A subordinate.
- n. Chiefly British A subaltern officer.
- n. Logic A subaltern proposition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a lower rank or position; inferior or secondary.
- n. a subordinate
- n. a commissioned officer having a rank below that of captain; a lieutenant or second lieutenant
- n. A subaltern proposition; a proposition implied by a universal proposition. For example, some crows are black is a subaltern of all crows are black.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior; specifically (Mil.), ranking as a junior officer; being below the rank of captain.
- adj. Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.
- n. A person holding a subordinate position; specifically, a commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.
- n. A subaltern proposition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having an inferior or subordinate position; subordinate; specifically (military), holding the rank of a junior officer usually below the rank of captain.
- n. A subaltern officer; a subordinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. inferior in rank or status
- n. a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
French subalterne, from Old French, from Late Latin subalternus : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin alternus, alternate (from alter, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub- + alternus, from alter. (Wiktionary)