Definition of lieutenancy in US English:

lieutenancy

nounPlural lieutenancies

  • See lieutenant

    • ‘To aid in a confrontation on land, the realm had been divided into several ‘lieutenancies,’ so that the requisite steps could be taken to defend the country from within.’
    • ‘Based largely on the lush Hastings archives in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, it is the story of Henry Hastings, fifth earl of Huntingdon, and his lord lieutenancy of Leicestershire in the early seventeenth century.’
    • ‘A noble by birth, the young Grouchy was schooled in the pre-Revolution royalist cavalry, rising to a lieutenancy in the élite Compagnie Écossaise of the king's Garde du Corps.’

Pronunciation

lieutenancy

/luˈtɛnənsi//lo͞oˈtenənsē/