Definition of first lieutenant in English:

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first lieutenant

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noun

A commissioned officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above second lieutenant and below captain.
Example sentences
  • Michael quickly rose through the ranks as orderly sergeant, first lieutenant and captain.
  • He won a theatre award at Bronx Science, and after studying at New York University's old University Heights campus and spending time in the Army as a first lieutenant in the infantry, he set out for Manhattan and the world of the stage.
  • Rather than drop out altogether like his fictional creation, however, he persevered in the corps, becoming a first lieutenant and second-in-command of his squadron before his discharge in 1960.

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Syllabification: first lieu·ten·ant

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