from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office, authority, or incumbency of a lieutenant.
  • noun The jurisdiction of a lieutenant; a district or territory over which a lieutenant exercises authority.
  • noun Lieutenants collectively.
  • noun In archery, a rank or prize at a shooting-match: usually awarded to the archer who makes the second greatest number of hits without regard to score, or who first hits the second or next to the innermost circle of the target.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The office, rank, or commission, of a lieutenant.
  • noun obsolete The body of lieutenants or subordinates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the role, duty or position of being a lieutenant

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

  • noun the position of a lieutenant


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  • At length his addresses were interrupted by the arrival of the mother, who had gone abroad to visit by herself; and the conversation becoming more general, he understood that Godfrey was at London, soliciting for a lieutenancy that had fallen vacant in the regiment to which he belonged; and that Miss Sophy was at home with her father.

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