What does the word subaltern mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. He's the father of a subaltern of mine who was killed. – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold