- The definition of a deputy is a person who is appointed to be a substitute or assistant to another person.
- An example of a deputy is the assistant to the CEO; a deputy to the CEO.
- An example of a deputy is a person who is the assistant to the sheriff; a deputy to the sheriff.
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- a person appointed to act as a substitute for, or as an assistant to, another
- a member of any of certain national legislatures or their lower houses, as in France, Italy, or Albania
Origin: Middle English depute ; from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of Old French deputer: see depute
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noun pl. dep·u·ties
- A person appointed or empowered to act for another.
- An assistant exercising full authority in the absence of his or her superior and equal authority in emergencies: a deputy to the sheriff.
- A representative in a legislative body in certain countries.
Origin: Middle English depute, from Old French, from past participle of deputer, to depute; see depute.