Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: adjective

Inferior: subordinate.

Part of speech: noun

A person of subordinate rank or position; especially, a military officer ranking below a captain.

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Usage examples "subaltern":

  1. A subaltern officer, putting the standard he bore into the hands of the man next to him and taking his axe from him instead, rushed towards the statue, gazed up at it- and then, letting the axe sink, withdrew slowly to rejoin the others who still stood hesitating, looking at each other with doubting and defiant eyes. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  2. The Rover fastened his eyes on the General, for a moment, in order to assure himself of the precise condition of his subaltern, ere he replied,- " It is well. - "The Red Rover", James Fenimore Cooper.
  3. He's the father of a subaltern of mine who was killed. - "A Diary Without Dates", Enid Bagnold.