subaltern etymology

English word subaltern comes from Latin alternus, Latin sub- (Sub-.)

Detailed word origin of subaltern

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
alternus Latin (lat) Alternate (one after the other), successive. Interchangeable. Mutual, reciprocal.
sub- Latin (lat) Sub-.
subalternus Late Latin (LL)
subalterne Middle French (frm)
subaltern English (eng) (logic) Asserting only a part of what is asserted in a related proposition.. Of a lower rank or position; inferior or secondary; especially (military) ranking as a junior officer, below the rank of captain. (British) A commissioned officer having a rank below that of captain; a lieutenant or second lieutenant.. (logic) A subaltern proposition; a proposition implied by a universal [...]

Words with the same origin as subaltern

Descendants of alternus
altern altern base alternate
Descendants of sub-
assume consume presume resource resume resurrection source souvenir subject subtle suburban succeed suffer suffice suggest summon supply suppose suppress surge suspect suspend suspension suspicion sustain