The feminine of "teniente" can also be "tenienta" in the senses shown in 1) and 2).
el teniente, la teniente(
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
1. (military)
a. lieutenant
Mi padre es teniente en el ejército.My father is a lieutenant in the army.
El teniente esperaba ser ascendido a capitán pronto.The lieutenant was hoping to be promoted to captain soon.
b. Lieutenant (as a title or form of address)
La teniente Vargas será ascendida a capitana.Lieutenant Vargas will be promoted to captain.
c. first lieutenant
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El teniente ganó una condecoración por su servicio.The first lieutenant won a medal for his service.
d. First Lieutenant (as a title or form of address)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
"Sí, mi teniente. Por supuesto, mi teniente.""Yes, First Lieutenant. Of course, First Lieutenant."
2. (substitute)
a. deputy
El teniente de gobernador está en una reunión importante.The deputy governor is attending an important meeting.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (unable to hear)
a. deaf
Mi abuelo ya está un poco teniente, así que tienes que hablar más fuerte.My grandfather is a bit deaf so you need to speak up.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (military)
a. lieutenant
teniente coronel/generallieutenant colonel/general
2. (sustituto)
a. deputy
teniente (de) alcaldedeputy mayor
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (colloquial)
estar tenienteto be a bit deaf
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1 (Mil) lieutenant; first lieutenant; (EEUU)
teniente coronel lieutenant colonel
teniente de navío lieutenant
teniente general lieutenant general
2 (ayudante) deputy; assistant
teniente de alcalde deputy mayor
teniente fiscal assistant prosecutor
estar teniente (muy_familiar) to be deaf
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