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adjective ju·nior \ˈjün-yər\

Simple Definition of junior

  • : younger in age

  • : lower in standing or rank

  • : designed for or done by young people

Full Definition of junior

  1. 1 a :  less advanced in age :  younger —used chiefly to distinguish a son with the same given name as his father b (1) :  youthful (2) :  designed for young people and especially adolescents c :  of more recent date and therefore inferior or subordinate <a junior lien>

  2. 2 a :  lower in standing or rank <junior partners> b :  duplicating or suggesting on a smaller scale something typically large or powerful <a junior gale>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to juniors or the class of juniors at an educational institution <the junior prom>

Examples of junior

  1. She is a junior partner in the law firm.

  2. <junior advisers to the governor>

Origin of junior

Middle English, from Latin, comparative of juvenis young — more at young

First Known Use: 13th century



noun ju·nior

Simple Definition of junior

  • : a person who is younger than another person

  • : a person who is of a lower rank than another person

  • : a student in the third of four years in a high school or college

Full Definition of junior

  1. 1 a (1) :  a person who is younger than another <a man six years my junior> (2) :  a male child :  son (3) :  a young person b :  a clothing size for women and girls with slight figures

  2. 2 a :  a person holding a lower position in a hierarchy of ranks b :  a student in the next-to-the-last year before graduating from an educational institution

  3. 3 capitalized :  a member of a program of the Girl Scouts for girls in the third through sixth grades in school

Examples of junior

  1. They are my juniors in rank.

  2. She's a junior at the state college.

Origin of junior

Latin, noun & adjective

First Known Use: 1526

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