from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above major and below colonel.
- n. One who holds this rank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An army officer in most countries, ranking below a colonel and above a major. Often the commander of a battalion or the executive officer of a regiment.
- n. An officer in the United States Marine Corps or Royal Marines, of equivalent rank to their counterparts in the army.
- n. An officer in the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, or Air National Guard, ranking below colonel and above major. Often the commander of a squadron or the executive officer of a wing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an army officer next in rank above major, and below colonel.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A military officer next in rank below a colonel, and in some European armies commonly the actual commander of a regiment, the colonelship being honorary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a commissioned officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines holding a rank above major and below colonel
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It was as a lieutenant colonel that John Pelham went home.19 3. LONGSTREET TRIES INDEPENDENT COMMAND
Four days later cavalry commanded by British lieutenant colonel Banastre Tarleton surprised and routed the Americans at Moncks Corner, cutting off their only escape route and capturing fifty supply wagons and a hundred men.
Many of these raids were sponsored by British lieutenant colonel Henry Hamilton, known as the “Hair Buyer” because he promised rewards to his Indians for American scalps.
Mal conducted his interrogations of Celeste solo; they spoke on only one topic: her whoredom with an SS lieutenant colonel named Franz Kempflerr — his price for her survival.
His father was a lieutenant colonel in the army reserves who had anglicized his Jewish-sounding last name to avoid anti-Semitism in the military.
I will try and take you behind the scenes with a distinguished combat veteran, Lt.Col. Gordon Atkinson; and I want to show you something of a most distinguished nonflying lieutenant colonel named Max E. Crandall.
John Bankhead Magruder, No. 15 in the somewhat undistinguished class of 1830 at West Point, had procured transfer from the 7th Infantry to the 1st Artillery in 1831, had earned his brevet as lieutenant colonel during the Mexican War, and thereafter held some of the choicest posts in the artillery.
Command of the Field-Brockenbrough-Mayo brigade was resolved by the promotion of Henry Harrison Walker, a West Pointer of the class of 1853 who as lieutenant colonel of the 40th Virginia had been wounded at Gaines' Mill.