- (UK, General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /lɛfˈtɛnənt/, /ləˈtɛnənt/
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- (US) IPA(key): /l(j)uˈtɛnənt/
- (Canada) IPA(key): /l(j)uˈtɛnənt/, /lɛfˈtɛnənt/
- (India) IPA(key): /ˈlɛftɛnənt/
- Rhymes: -ɛnənt
lieutenant (plural lieutenants)
- (military) The lowest Junior Commissioned Officer rank(s) in many military forces, often Army and Marines.
- (military, US) In the US Army, Air Force and Marines, holding the rank above Second Lieutenant and below Captain. Both ranks may be referred to as "Lieutenant" or as the complete forms of the ranks.
- (military, US, navy) A naval officer whose rank is above that of Ensign in the United States Navy and below that of a Lieutenant Commander. There are two ranks of lieutenant: Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant.
- (military, US) A Commissioned Officer in the United States Coast Guard, Public Health Service, or National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration whose rank is above that of Ensign and below Lieutenant Commander. There are two ranks of lieutenant: Lieutenant Junior Grade and lieutenant.
- (military, Britain) A Commissioned Officer in the British Army and Royal Marines, holding the rank above Second Lieutenant and below Captain. Both ranks may be referred to as "Lieutenant," however "Second Lieutenant" is to specify that the officer is not yet a full Lieutenant.
- (military, Britain) A naval officer whose rank is above that of Ensign in the British Navy and below that of a Lieutenant Commander.
- (military, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) A naval Commissioned Officer who holds the rank above Sub-Lieutenant and below Lieutenant Commander.
- A person who manages or executes the plans and directives of another, more senior person - i.e. a manager to his director.
- The second-in-command (2IC) of a group.
When used as a title, it is always capitalised, and frequently abbreviated to Lt.
- Example: Lieutenant Anne Ward.
The rank of lieutenant corresponds to pay grade O-3 in the US Navy, Coast Guard, Public Health Service, and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration.
The British pronunciation most likely comes from a misreading of the word as *lievtenant, with a v in place of the u, from before the two letters became distinct.
- bevret lieutenant
- captain lieutenant
- desk lieutenant
- fifth lieutenant
- first lieutenant
- flag lieutenant
- fourth lieutenant
- junior lieutenant
- lieutenant admiral
- lieutenant captain
- lieutenant colonel
- lieutenant commander
- lieutenant general
- lieutenant governor
- lieutenant junior grade
- lieutenant marshal
- lieutenant senior grade
- second lieutenant
- senior lieutenant
- shift lieutenant
- staff lieutenant
- third lieutenant
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
lieutenant (not comparable)
- A military grade that is junior to the grade the adjective modifies: lieutenant colonel, lieutenant general, lieutenant commander.
- Lieutenant, World Wide Words
lieutenant m (plural lieutenants)
- → Danish: løjtnant
- “lieutenant” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
lieutenant m (plural lieutenants)
- lieutenant (person who executes the plans and directives of another)