Definition of first lieutenant in US English:

first lieutenant


  • 1A commissioned officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above second lieutenant and below captain.

    • ‘The first lieutenant was killed when that aircraft crashed several minutes into the training flight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She earned the rank of first lieutenant and was promoted to captain of inactive reserves when she mustered out.’
    • ‘This time, the first pilot who was a first lieutenant like me… said ‘let's see if you can do the takeoff.’’
    • ‘Michael quickly rose through the ranks as orderly sergeant, first lieutenant and captain.’
    • ‘Halfway through his medical training he earned the rank of first lieutenant and, upon graduation, he was a fully-fledged captain.’
    • ‘A first lieutenant and two soldiers from the logistics task force manned the Rhein-Main Air Base movement control liaison team.’
    • ‘In December 1942, six months after his promotion to first lieutenant, he applied for pilot training.’
    • ‘A former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, he runs a regimented program.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Typically, UND alumni are promoted to first lieutenant in about 18 months then to captain well within their six years of active duty.’
    • ‘After all, another high-altitude bailout the year before resulted in just injury for a first lieutenant.’
    • ‘The retired Colonel, then a first lieutenant, said that soldiers in his unit opened fire from their foxholes.’
    1. 1.1 A naval officer with executive responsibility for a ship or other command.


first lieutenant

/ˈˌfərs(t) luˈtɛnənt/