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 The 6-foot-3 Grange weighed 188 pounds at the start of his junior season. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, "Recruiting notes: He’s not related to Red Grange, but Naperville Central’s Patrick Grange commits to Western Michigan," 2 Apr. 2021 Hopkins went undefeated her junior season and was undefeated again going into the state title game. Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune, "For Paige Bueckers, no stage is too big and no brother is too small," 1 Apr. 2021 Foot quickness improves from sophomore to junior season, but can play more sudden in general and verified testing supports that. oregonlive, "Kelvin Banks Jr., 5-star offensive tackle, sets Oregon Ducks official visit," 30 Mar. 2021 Then came the start of his junior season with a game in Hawaii. Los Angeles Times, "Why Easton Mascarenas went into college mode at Mission Viejo," 27 Mar. 2021 As a junior last season, Allen averaged 17.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 25 games for the 12-13 Utes. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Timmy Allen, Utah’s All-Pac-12 forward, plans to enter transfer portal," 26 Mar. 2021 Carlson finished his junior season with a 90 percent completion rate for field goals, going 20-22, and a 96 percent completion rate for extra point kicks, going 24-25. Giana Han, al, "Anders Carlson ‘one or two’ kicks away from reaching goal of being best college kicker," 25 Mar. 2021 McNeil, who just completed his junior season at West Virginia University, announced the move on his social media accounts Tuesday. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Cooper graduate McNeil to enter his name into the NBA Draft," 24 Mar. 2021 His junior season, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is trending in a similar direction. Robert Fenbers, cleveland, "North Carolina four-star Omarion Hampton enters the OSU 2022 RB race: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a junior at Broad Ripple, Woodson averaged 20.1 points and then, his senior season, came that explosion. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "IU's Mike Woodson, high school superstar: 'Best to come out of Indy since Oscar Robertson'," 4 Apr. 2021 As a junior he was used as an energy guy of the bench, though his minutes still fluctuated. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jamal Cain is leaving Marquette to play fifth season of basketball in his home state," 4 Apr. 2021 Buell won at 135 pounds as a freshman, 152 as a sophomore and 160 last year as a junior. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school wrestling: Dundee's Stony Buell finishes perfect, wins fourth title," 3 Apr. 2021 Kalscheur, who averaged 9.2 points and 2.9 rebounds this year as a junior, missed the last seven games of the season after suffering a broken finger on his right shooting hand Feb. 16. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gabe Kalscheur becomes sixth Gophers player to enter transfer portal," 1 Apr. 2021 Teresa James signed up for the West Virginia Guard as a junior in high school, eventually reaching a position that few members of the Guard achieve: battalion commander, overseeing hundreds of soldiers. USA Today, "The National Guard welcomes and promotes women. That is, until they report a sexual assault.," 31 Mar. 2021 Spencer earned first team Broward County honors as a junior, and averaged 14.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists as a sophomore and was named second team Broward County after leading the Raiders to the state title game. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, "UA women's signee named player of the year," 31 Mar. 2021 Linebacker Anthony Hines III could be a surprise pick late on Day 3 of the draft after opting out of the 2020 season and declaring early as a junior. Hannah Underwood, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s prospects most likely to be selected in the 2021 NFL draft," 31 Mar. 2021 Queta was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah State center Neemias Queta to declare for NBA Draft," 29 Mar. 2021

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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 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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