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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Brewbaker Tech junior Chanice Spicer has been named the 2019-2020 Gatorade Alabama Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Brewbaker Tech junior Chanice Spicer named Gatorade Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year," 25 June 2020 The Sun Devils, 20-11 in the shortened 2019-2020 season, had been looking for help in the paint after junior Romello White declared for the NBA draft, then subsequently opted to transfer to Mississippi. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU basketball adds Ukrainian power forward Pavlo Dziuba," 25 June 2020 Welker also raved about incoming junior transfer Casey Wellage, who previously played at Lakota East. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Mike Welker and Moeller soccer keeping high expectations with new wave of leaders," 25 June 2020 The investing giant and its private-equity peers have long engaged in a yearly race to pluck junior investment bankers already trained in spreadsheet and PowerPoint wizardry from firms such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley. Miriam Gottfried, WSJ, "Blackstone to Bypass Scramble for Investment-Bank Talent in Bid to Diversify Hiring," 24 June 2020 Today, any of these cars would have a tough time against even such junior sportsters as the MR2 and the Fiero GT. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Survives Two C/D Tests," 23 June 2020 Orange High School junior Ryan Vincent was selected as a finalist in the International Scenario Writing competition at the International Future Problem Solving Program June 4-7. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Black Lives Matter rally outside Orange High School ‘incredibly peaceful’," 19 June 2020 Mixed doubles, wheelchair tennis and the junior competition have all been canceled. CNN, "Dylan Alcott slams 'disgusting discrimination' as US Open omits wheelchair tennis," 18 June 2020 Faith said senior Dylan Cormier and junior Trey Craft both played quarterback last year and will probably battle it out for the starting spot. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "FOOTBALL: Cy Woods athletes return to campus for strength and conditioning camp," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sumpter said Woodyard would not play offense at all as a junior. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "‘The best is yet to come:’ What is Alabama getting in 4-star commit Robert Woodyard?," 26 June 2020 As a junior, the dynamic ball-carrier churned out 2,453 yards and 30 touchdowns. oregonlive, "Damir Collins, Oregon State Beavers 4-star RB commit, receives ‘Jefferson’s finest’ edit, featuring Terry Baker," 25 June 2020 His son, junior-to-be Dayveon Turner, averaged 16.1 points per game last season at Anderson. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, "Tech makes hires for football and basketball coaching openings," 25 June 2020 Woodard, a 2019 all-SPC selection, led the Knights with 242 kills (2.3 per set), adding 21 aces and 304 digs (2.9) as a junior. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire, Memorial area volleyball stars recognized by GHVCA," 23 June 2020 That includes current Badgers Rachad Wildgoose (junior), Faion Hicks (redshirt junor) and Semar Melvin (redshirt freshman). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers land commitment from Florida cornerback for class of 2021," 22 June 2020 Couch, who played for the Browns through 2003, was a former first-team All-American and consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as a junior. cleveland, "Former Browns QB Tim Couch makes the College Football Hall of Fame ballot for the 3rd straight year," 16 June 2020 Harrison was 10-0 with a 1.26 ERA as a junior in 2019, making only two starts in 2020 before the coronavirus shutdown. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants pay whopping bonus to sign De La Salle High lefty Kyle Harrison," 15 June 2020 Starkey, who was among The Arizona Republic's Final Track and Field Athletes of the Year last year as a junior, has vaulted 13-6. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Poston Butte to host Desert Dream Last Hurrah Invitational track meet with safety measures," 9 June 2020

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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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“Junior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junior. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of junior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: younger in age
: lower in standing or rank
: designed for or done by young people



English Language Learners Definition of junior (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is younger than another person
: a person who is of a lower rank than another person
US : a student in the third of four years in a high school or college


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 nameJohn 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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