Definition of Lord Lieutenant in English:

Lord Lieutenant


  • 1(in the UK) the chief executive authority and head of magistrates in each county.

    • ‘This half-way status of the liberty is perhaps best illustrated by its relations with the Lords Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire.’
    • ‘There is a cement plaque set into the façade which states that it was officially opened by a Lord Lieutenant.’
    • ‘The Lords Lieutenant, despite the shortness one will notice in their terms of office, were often not in residence.’
    • ‘He said: ‘He was a Lord Lieutenant for the people, and was always interested in all things community, a real nice man and I am happy to say I knew him well.’’
    • ‘The office of Lord Lieutenant dates back to the reign of Henry VIII and is the means by which Her Majesty the Queen establishes her representative in each County of the United Kingdom.’
    1. 1.1historical The viceroy of Ireland.
      • ‘After the recall of a Lord Lieutenant sympathetic to immediate Catholic emancipation in 1795, they appealed to France for aid.’
      • ‘The English forces initially were commanded by James Butler, Duke of Ormonde and lord lieutenant of Ireland.’
      • ‘Wellington was aide-de-camp to two successive Lords Lieutenant of Ireland, the Earl of Westmorland and Earl Fitzwilliam, 1787-1793, and between 1790 and 1797 he sat in the Irish Parliament as Member for the family seat of Trim.’


Lord Lieutenant