1

junior

adjective ju·nior \ ˈjün-yər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of junior

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

Examples of junior in a Sentence

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

  2. junior advisers to the governor

Recent Examples of junior from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'junior.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of junior

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


2

junior

noun

Definition of junior

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 a : 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

Examples of junior in a Sentence

  1. They are my juniors in rank.

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

Recent Examples of junior from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'junior.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of junior

Latin, noun & adjective



JUNIOR Defined for English Language Learners

junior

adjective

Definition of junior for English Language Learners

  • : younger in age

  • : lower in standing or rank

  • : designed for or done by young people


junior

noun

Definition of junior for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JUNIOR Defined for Kids

1

junior

adjective ju·nior \ ˈjün-yər \

Definition of junior for Students

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

2

junior

noun

Definition of junior for Students

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

Law Dictionary

junior

adjective ju·nior \ ˈjü-nyər \

legal Definition of junior

: of lower standing or rank
  • a junior lienholder


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up junior? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!