An example of a locum tenens is a doctor filling in for another doctor while he's on vacation.
Origin of locum tenensML, literally , holding the place from Classical Latin locum, accusative of locus, a place (see local) + tenens, present participle of tenere, to hold: see thin
nounpl. locum te·nen·tes,
Origin of locum tenensMedieval Latin locum tenēns Latin locum accusative of locus place Latin tenēns present participle of tenēre to hold
(plural locum tenentes or locos tenentes)
- A professional person (such as a doctor or clergyman) who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.
Existing in English since the seventeenth century: from Medieval Latin locum tenens, “one holding a place".