Deputy Definition

dĕpyə-tē
deputies
noun
deputies

A person appointed to act as a substitute for, or as an assistant to, another, specif., a sheriff)

Webster's New World
An assistant exercising full authority in the absence of his or her superior and equal authority in emergencies.
A deputy to the sheriff.
American Heritage
A member of any of certain national legislatures or their lower houses, as in France, Italy, or Albania.
Webster's New World
(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.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
adjective
Acting as deputy.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Deputy

Noun

Singular:
deputy
Plural:
deputies

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

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