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Meaning of SUBALTERN

Pronunciation:  'subultun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
  2. [adj]  inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary"

SUBALTERN is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: inferior, junior, junior-grade, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subordinate
 See Also: commissioned military officer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub*al"tern\, a. [F. subalterne, LL. subalternus, fr.
    L. sub under + alter the one, the other of two. See {Alter}.]
    1. Ranked or ranged below; subordinate; inferior;
       specifically (Mil.), ranking as a junior officer; being
       below the rank of captain; as, a subaltern officer.
    2. (Logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a
       related proposition.
    {Subaltern genus}. (Logic) See under {Genus}.
  2. \Sub*al"tern\, n.
    1. A person holding a subordinate position; specifically, a
       commissioned military officer below the rank of captain.
    2. (Logic) A subaltern proposition. --Whately.