subaltern

[ suhb-awl-tern or especially for 3, 6, suhb-uh l-turn ]SEE DEFINITION OF subaltern

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I was lunching with William next day, and I told him about the subaltern.

His subaltern, Bacon, had been the first to pass the gap, and had been killed on emerging.

It was the subaltern standard-bearer, who had been shot through the left lung.

He entreats Blount, who is his subaltern, to shoulder the blame.

"We're all for barley-sugar ourselves just now," the subaltern went on.

"The enemy are continuing to fortify the coast, Sir," said the subaltern.

The pleasant, amiable manner of the subaltern underwent a quick change.

There was but one Bonaparte; that subaltern from Corsica; that meteor.

"Well, it's a bad start," said the subaltern, shaking the wet from his overcoat.

I heard afterwards that young Pottinger, a subaltern of the 17th Co.

WORD ORIGIN

"subordinate," c.1400 (implied in subalternal), from Middle French subalterne, from Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + alternus "every other (one), one after the other" (see alternate (adj.)). The noun meaning "person of inferior rank" is attested from c.1600; as the designation of an army officer, from 1680s.

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