AskDefine | Define deputy

Dictionary Definition



1 someone authorized to exercise the powers of sheriff in emergencies [syn: deputy sheriff]
2 an assistant with power to act when his superior is absent [syn: lieutenant]
3 a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)
4 a person appointed to represent or act on behalf of others [syn: surrogate]

User Contributed Dictionary



député, from deputatus (appointed).



  1. 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.
  2. (in France): A member of the Chamber of Deputies, formerly called Corps Législatif
  3. (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.


Usage notes

Deputy is used in combination with the names of various executive officers, to denote an assistant empowered to act in their name; as, deputy collector, deputy marshal, deputy sheriff.

Extensive Definition

Deputy is a rank or title, or part of a title, used in various organizations with a codified command structure. It often designates someone who is "second-in-command," and as such, may precede the name of the rank directly above it. For example, a "Deputy Master" is likely to be second-in-command to the "Master" in an organization utilizing both such ranks. Dep. is the common abbrevation of "Deputy" and most widely accepted.
Deputy is also a last name, although not too common. It is thought to originate as a name in the 1400s in England.
Deputy may also refer to:
deputy in German: Deputy
deputy in Slovenian: Poslanec

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