deputy ( deputies plural )
1 n-count A deputy is the second most important person in an organization such as a business or government department. Someone's deputy often acts on their behalf when they are not there.
oft N n
...Jack Lang, France's minister for culture, and his deputy, Catherine Tasca.
2 n-count In some parliaments or law-making bodies, the elected members are called deputies.
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