Definition of first lieutenant in English:

first lieutenant


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

    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Piper, made no fewer than 39 patrols as a third hand, first lieutenant and Commanding Officer, in Ursula, Unbeaten and Unsparing.’
    • ‘Despite his poor fitness reports, he was promoted to first lieutenant while on the ship.’
    1. 1.1A rank of officer in the US army or air force, above second lieutenant and below captain.
      • ‘She earned the rank of first lieutenant and was promoted to captain of inactive reserves when she mustered out.’
      • ‘Michael quickly rose through the ranks as orderly sergeant, first lieutenant and captain.’
      • ‘A first lieutenant and two soldiers from the logistics task force manned the Rhein-Main Air Base movement control liaison team.’
      • ‘This time, the first pilot who was a first lieutenant like me… said ‘let's see if you can do the takeoff.’’
      • ‘Her son, an army first lieutenant, was killed in the war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘After all, another high-altitude bailout the year before resulted in just injury for a first lieutenant.’
      • ‘A former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, he runs a regimented program.’
      • ‘In December 1942, six months after his promotion to first lieutenant, he applied for pilot training.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first lieutenant was killed when that aircraft crashed several minutes into the training flight.’
      • ‘Typically, UND alumni are promoted to first lieutenant in about 18 months then to captain well within their six years of active duty.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Halfway through his medical training he earned the rank of first lieutenant and, upon graduation, he was a fully-fledged captain.’
      • ‘The retired Colonel, then a first lieutenant, said that soldiers in his unit opened fire from their foxholes.’


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