subaltern adj : inferior in rank or status; "the junior faculty"; "a lowly corporal"; "petty officialdom"; "a subordinate functionary" [syn: junior-grade, inferior, lower, lower-ranking, lowly, petty(a), secondary, subordinate] n : a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
EtymologyFrom subalternus, from sub- + alternus, from alter.
- Spanish: subalterno
- For the use of the term in philosophy, see Subaltern (postcolonialism)
Prior to the Cardwell reforms of the British Army in 1871, the ranks of cornet and ensign were the junior subaltern ranks in the cavalry and infantry respectively.
A subaltern takes temporary command of proceedings during Trooping the Colour.
subaltern in Swedish: Subalternofficer
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