Definition of first lieutenant in English:

first lieutenant


  • 1A naval officer with executive responsibility for a ship or other command.

    • ‘Despite his poor fitness reports, he was promoted to first lieutenant while on the ship.’
    • ‘Piper, made no fewer than 39 patrols as a third hand, first lieutenant and Commanding Officer, in Ursula, Unbeaten and Unsparing.’
    • ‘Further confusion was added by William Pryce Cunby, first lieutenant on Nelson's flagship, Bellerophon, who gave it as: ‘England expects that every man will do his duty.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another of the officers at the drumhead court, the first lieutenant is also the second in command of the ship.’
    • ‘Appointed first lieutenant in the Continental navy in 1775, Jones received the command of the eighteen-gun sloop Ranger in 1777.’
    • ‘Today Jacqueline is a graduate and a first lieutenant in the Royal Navy.’
    1. 1.1 A rank of officer in the US army or air force, above second lieutenant and below captain.
      • ‘A former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, he runs a regimented program.’
      • ‘Michael quickly rose through the ranks as orderly sergeant, first lieutenant and captain.’
      • ‘The first lieutenant was killed when that aircraft crashed several minutes into the training flight.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once a first lieutenant in the Army, he had chosen to resign and was punished by being conscripted as a soldier back into the same unit.’
      • ‘Her son, an army first lieutenant, was killed in the war.’
      • ‘Typically, UND alumni are promoted to first lieutenant in about 18 months then to captain well within their six years of active duty.’
      • ‘In December 1942, six months after his promotion to first lieutenant, he applied for pilot training.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A first lieutenant and two soldiers from the logistics task force manned the Rhein-Main Air Base movement control liaison team.’
      • ‘One of the first lieutenants, just sitting around one cold foggy morning, started a rumor that the 17th would soon be transferred, just to see how long it would take to get back to him; he heard it as a ‘fact’ later that same day!’
      • ‘The retired Colonel, then a first lieutenant, said that soldiers in his unit opened fire from their foxholes.’
      • ‘She earned the rank of first lieutenant and was promoted to captain of inactive reserves when she mustered out.’
      • ‘After all, another high-altitude bailout the year before resulted in just injury for a first lieutenant.’
      • ‘This time, the first pilot who was a first lieutenant like me… said ‘let's see if you can do the takeoff.’’
      • ‘Halfway through his medical training he earned the rank of first lieutenant and, upon graduation, he was a fully-fledged captain.’


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