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subaltern (n.)

"junior military officer," 1680s, earlier more generally, "person of inferior rank" (c. 1600), noun use of adjective subaltern "having an inferior position, subordinate" (1580s), from French subalterne, from Late Latin subalternus, from Latin sub "under" (see sub-) + alternus "every other (one), one after the other" (from PIE root *al- "beyond").

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Definitions of subaltern from WordNet
1
subaltern (n.)
a British commissioned army officer below the rank of captain;
2
subaltern (adj.)
inferior in rank or status;
Synonyms: junior-grade / lower-ranking / lowly / petty / secondary
From wordnet.princeton.edu