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first lieutenant

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Definition of first lieutenant in English:

noun

1A naval officer with executive responsibility for a ship or other command.
Example sentences
  • Piper, made no fewer than 39 patrols as a third hand, first lieutenant and Commanding Officer, in Ursula, Unbeaten and Unsparing.
  • It was said, for example, that an engineer four-striper at Sheerness expressed interest, while visiting a submarine, in the business of submerging: he asked the first lieutenant where he got the water from to fill main ballast tanks.
  • Today Jacqueline is a graduate and a first lieutenant in the Royal Navy.
1.1A rank of officer in the US army or air force, 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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