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

  • n. A person appointed or empowered to act for another.
  • n. An assistant exercising full authority in the absence of his or her superior and equal authority in emergencies: a deputy to the sheriff.
  • n. A representative in a legislative body in certain countries.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc.
  • n. : A member of the Chamber of Deputies, formerly called Corps Législatif
  • n. a member of Dáil Éireann, or the title of a member of Dáil Éireann. (Normally capitalised in both cases)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent
  • n. A member of the Chamber of Deputies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person appointed or elected to act for another or others; one who exercises an office in another's right; a lieutenant or substitute.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. One deputed to represent a body of electors; one elected to the office of representative: as, the deputies to the French Chamber of Deputies.
  • n. In law, one who by authority exercises another's office or some function thereof, in the name or place of the principal, but has no interest in the office.
  • Serving as a deputy; deputed: as, a deputy sheriff.

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

  • n. a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)
  • n. a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others
  • n. an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent
  • n. someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies

Etymologies

Middle English depute, from Old French, from past participle of deputer, to depute; see depute.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French député, from Late Latin deputatus (appointed). (Wiktionary)

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