deputy[dep′yo̵̅o̅ tē, -yə-; -ət ē]
- 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.
The badge of a U.S. deputy marshal.
- 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 of deputyMiddle English depute ; from Anglo-French deputé, past participle of Old French deputer: see depute
- 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 of deputyMiddle English depute, from Old French, from past participle of deputer, to depute; see depute.
- One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc.
- (in France): A member of the Chamber of Deputies, formerly called Corps Législatif
- (Ireland) a member of Dáil Éireann, or the title of a member of Dáil Éireann. (Normally capitalised in both cases)
- Eamon Ryan is a Deputy in the Dáil.
- At today's meeting, Deputy Ryan will speak on local issues.
Deputy is used in combination with the names of various executive officers, to denote an assistant empowered to act in their name; as, deputy collector, deputy marshal, deputy sheriff.
French député, from Late Latin deputatus (appointed).