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Definition of "lieutenant general" [lieu•ten•ant gen•er•al]

  • A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above major general and below general. (noun)
  • One who holds this rank. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lieutenant general" in a sentence
  • "When president and lieutenant general had disagreed thoroughly and ended their conference, Davis walked to the gate, shook hands cordially, "and dismissed me with his gracious smile; but a bitter look lurking about its margin, and the ground-swell, admonished me that clouds were gathering about head-quarters of the First Corps even faster than those that told the doom of the Southern cause.""
  • "Kissinger, who had admired the way Scowcroft once stood up to Haldeman, later recalled that he turned to the lieutenant general because he needed a strong person as my deputy, who would be willing to stand up to me if necessarynot every daybut to stand up for what he thought was right."
  • "Transfer of Ewell dictated, on May 31, the promotion of Early to lieutenant general on the same temporary footing with Dick Anderson.11"