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dep"u*ty (dĕp"&uuptack_;*tӗ), n.; pl. Deputies (dĕp"&uuptack_;*tĭz). [F. député, fr. LL. deputatus. See Depute.] 1. One appointed as the substitute of another, and empowered to act for him, in his name or his behalf; a substitute in office; a lieutenant; a representative; a delegate; a vicegerent; as, the deputy of a prince, of a sheriff, of a township, etc.
There was then [in the days of Jehoshaphat] no king in Edom; a deputy was king. 1 Kings xxii. 47.
God's substitute, Shak.
His deputy anointed in His sight.
&hand_; Deputy is used in combination with the names of various executive officers, to denote an assistant empowered to act in their name; as, deputy collector, deputy marshal, deputy sheriff.
2. A member of the Chamber of Deputies. [France]
Chamber of Deputies, one of the two branches of the French legislative assembly; -- formerly called Corps Législatif. Its members, called deputies, are elected by the people voting in districts.
Syn. -- Substitute; representative; legate; delegate; envoy; agent; factor.