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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: lieu 'place' + tenant 'holding'

lieutenant

noun
     
Related topics: Military
lieu‧ten‧ant [countable]
1
a) PM a fairly low rank in the armed forces, or an officer of this rank
b) PM a fairly high rank in the US police force, or an officer of this rank
2

lieutenant colonel/general/Governor etc

PGO an officer or official with the rank just below colonel, general2, governor etc
3 [countable] someone who does work for, or in place of, someone in a higher position [= deputy]

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