Deputy meaning

dĕpyə-tē
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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 or empowered to act for another.
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An assistant exercising full authority in the absence of his or her superior and equal authority in emergencies.

A deputy to the sheriff.

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A person appointed to act as a substitute for, or as an assistant to, another, specif., a sheriff)
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Acting as deputy.
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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.
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(in France): A member of the Chamber of Deputies, formerly called Corps Législatif.
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(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.

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A representative in a legislative body in certain countries.
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A member of any of certain national legislatures or their lower houses, as in France, Italy, or Albania.
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Origin of deputy

  • Middle English depute from Old French from past participle of deputer to depute depute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French député, from Late Latin deputatus (appointed).

    From Wiktionary