from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In the British navy, a grade immediately below that of lieutenant. Formerly called mate.

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

  • noun An inferior or second lieutenant; in the British service, a commissioned officer of the lowest rank.

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

  • noun An inferior or second lieutenant.
  • noun UK A commissioned officer of the lowest rank.

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

  • noun an officer ranking next below a lieutenant


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

sub- +‎ lieutenant


  • Ensign was the lowest rank in the US Army until 1800; the naval rank of ensign wasn't used until 1862, and of course the British equivalent is still sublieutenant.

    princeofcairo: In Memoriam

  • As soon as I get over this bronchitis/ear infection/etc crap, I must come over and play with the future Commander in Chief, and her sublieutenant too.

    Is She Next?

  • As to my forefathers, they have always been a poor lot; my own father was a sublieutenant in the army.

    The Idiot

  • Yesterday, half a million people met at Revolution Plaza to bid farewell to the sublieutenant who was killed by one of these criminals who hijacked a boat to travel to the United States.

    Fidel Castro's 8 Aug News Conference

  • But it is hard to say, because although under age, he enlisted as an Ordinary Seaman on the outbreak of World War II, later going to the Fleet Air Arm as a telegraphist air gunner, earned a commission, and served overseas - at eighteen years of age probably the youngest sublieutenant in the RCNVR.

    Looking for Trouble

  • Danlot quartered me with a young sublieutenant, or rokor and Ero Shan with another, with the understanding that we would have to sleep while these men were on duty, and give up the cabins to them when they returned to their quarters.

    Escape on Venus

  • For the duration of this duty you are brevetted to the rank of sublieutenant.

    Between Planets

  • He worked with all sorts of obscure people; and above all with Mirepoix, sublieutenant of the Black Musketeers, to find out

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • The number of European troops in the Colony was fixed at 400 men-at-arms, divided into six companies, each under a captain, a sublieutenant, a sergeant, and two corporals.

    The Philippine Islands

  • "He says he wants a tow for that boat of his," reported the sublieutenant.

    Told in the East


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