[ UK /sˈʌbɒltən/ ]
  1. inferior in rank or status
    petty officialdom
    a subordinate functionary
    the junior faculty
    a lowly corporal
  1. a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain
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How To Use subaltern In A Sentence

  • How can we make sense of such drastic variations of a subaltern woman's identity with the invaluable preciousness of a human life at stake?
  • In the 19th century, a snooker was a newly joined and easily fooled British cadet; the name was applied to this form of pool in 1875 by subalterns in India. The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time
  • Though Ruth Wilcox is often unassertive and seemingly reduced to subaltern status, she nevertheless exerts a subtle authority over her family, even over the obtuse Henry and the brutal Charles.
  • He was the subaltern who enacted Ferguson's orders in that abrasive, no - nonsense style of his.
  • At a time when new trendy approaches to history such as the so-called subaltern studies claim to represent the cutting edge of social history, true quality social history stands out.
  • I hope you will agree that subalternity is both an effect of power and an empirical fact. Kafila
  • And once the colonial powers had established their dominance, most of them settled for a subaltern role which left their local hegemony intact.
  • He joined the Queen's Regiment of Infantry as a Subaltern and served for a short time in France, but returned to work on the stability of aeroplanes and other aerodynamical problems at G.P. Thomson - Biography
  • Unluckily for his peace of mind, the young subaltern dressed at his father's house, and, not being used to the splendid paraphernalia of the Blues 'uniform, he omitted to put on his aiguillette. Collections and Recollections
  • Then we had another suicide, one of our newly joined subalterns, which couldn't be put down to the war.
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