Definition of lieutenant colonel in English:

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lieutenant colonel

Pronunciation: /lo͞oˈˌtenənt ˈkərnl/


A commissioned officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above major and below colonel.
Example sentences
  • Placing military advisers with the rank of major or lieutenant colonel at the Colombian Army's general headquarters is the next step.
  • Four to six companies make up a battalion, which is normally commanded by a lieutenant colonel with a command sergeant major as principal NCO assistant.
  • Depending on the intensity of the conflict, today, there can be a colonel or a lieutenant colonel coordinating airlift and air-refueling forces.

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Syllabification: lieu·ten·ant colo·nel

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