ju·​nior | \ ˈjün-yər How to pronounce junior (audio) \

Definition of junior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : of or relating to juniors or the class of juniors at an educational institution the junior prom
3a : lower in standing or rank junior partners
b : duplicating or suggesting on a smaller scale something typically large or powerful a junior gale



Definition of junior (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(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
2a : a student in the next-to-the-last year before graduating from an educational institution
b : a person holding a lower position in a hierarchy of ranks
3 capitalized : a member of a program of the Girl Scouts for girls in the third through sixth grades in school

Synonyms & Antonyms for junior

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of junior in a Sentence

Adjective She is a junior partner in the law firm. junior advisers to the governor Noun They are my juniors in rank. She's a junior at the state college.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The junior’s two-out blast to left-center field Monday in the ninth inning delivered Delaney Peters to home plate and a 4-3, walk-off win for Keystone against Brookside. Matt Goul, cleveland, 16 May 2022 Brown led the state in scoring as a sophomore (35 ppg) and junior (32.3), and fell short as a senior in part because, ahem, Jalen Blackmon led the state at 33.5 ppg. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 As the final seconds ticked off the clock Tuesday night, junior forward Tyra King came up with a plan. Matt Le Cren, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 The junior, who had a seed time of 4:18.83 coming into the state meet, was 1.36 seconds off the state-record pace of 4:08.40 set by Cooper Atkins of Scottsboro last season. Al.com Reports, al, 5 May 2022 The junior, who plays positions quarterback and receiver, believes opportunities girls flag football can lead to, such as potential college scholarships, will help create more interest in the sport. Drew Schott, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 The most versatile player in this group, Neal started at left guard as a freshman, right tackle as a junior (when Mac Jones was his QB), and left tackle last season. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2022 The decision by Hauser, who transferred to MSU from Marquette before the 2019-20 season, comes a day after junior forward Julius Marble II entered the NCAA transfer portal and left the Spartans looking thin in the post going into the summer. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2022 Software developers can be categorized into junior, intermediate, mid-level and senior developers. Steve Taplin, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The standout junior, who is projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick, has maintained his college eligibility. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 Alyssa, a junior, and Gisele, a sophomore, helped their respective USA national soccer teams win competitions this year. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Dowdell ran for 2,555 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead Picayune Memorial (Mississippi) to a state championship. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 May 2022 The 2021 scholarship recipients were Akeal Evans (Morehouse College senior), Jawan Davidson (North Carolina Central University senior) and Nyah Hardmon (Howard University junior). Paul Grein, Billboard, 12 May 2022 Two other corners in Ricks, a junior, and Khyree Jackson, a senior, are eligible with Jackson having a chance to solidify his starting job this fall and move himself onto the NFL radar. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 5 May 2022 Third year junior who has played defensive end and outside linebacker. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Tyler Egan and Dylan Watson, Triton — Egan, a junior, and Watson, a senior, pitched complete games for the Vikings. Brendan Kurie, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2022 The 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior led the Knights in scoring, averaging 13.3 points on 40% shooting. Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of junior


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for junior


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


Latin, noun & adjective

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ju·​nior | \ ˈjün-yər How to pronounce junior (audio) \

Kids Definition of junior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being younger used to distinguish a son from a father with the same name John Doe, Junior
2 : lower in rank a junior associate
3 : of or relating to students in the next-to-last year at a high school, college, or university the junior class



Kids Definition of junior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person who is younger or lower in rank than another He is two years my junior.
2 : a student in the next-to-last year at a high school, college, or university


ju·​nior | \ ˈjü-nyər How to pronounce junior (audio) \

Legal Definition of junior

: of lower standing or rank a junior lienholder

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