subaltern[səb ôl′tərn; chiefly Brit sub′əl tərn]
- subordinate; of lower rank
- Brit. holding an army commission below that of captain
- in traditional logic, particular, with reference to a universal proposition of which it is part
Origin of subalternFrench subalterne ; from Late Latin subalternus ; from Classical Latin sub-, sub- + alternus, alternate
- a subordinate
- Brit. a subaltern officer
- a subaltern proposition in logic
- A person who is lower in position or rank; a subordinate.
- a. A person who is marginalized and oppressed by the dominant culture, especially in a colonial context.b. Such people considered as a group.
- Chiefly British An officer holding a military rank just below that of captain.
- Logic A particular proposition that follows from a universal with the same subject, predicate, and quality.
Origin of subalternFrench subalterne, from Old French, from Late Latin subalternus : Latin sub-, sub- + Latin alternus, alternate (from alter, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).
(comparative more subaltern, superlative most subaltern)