junior

1 of 2

adjective

ju·​nior ˈjün-yər How to pronounce junior (audio)
1
a
: less advanced in age : younger
used chiefly to distinguish a son with the same given name as his father
b(1)
(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

junior

2 of 2

noun

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

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
Thinking that far ahead was difficult for Moriarty — let alone for his junior high students. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 One person Musselman can count on to return is junior Harrison Hornery. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Los Alamitos junior speedster Devin Bragg is in the 100. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 8 Apr. 2024 After dropping out of high school in her junior year, Candy enrolled at the DeVern School of Cosmetology, in nearby Baldwin, New York. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 No, the stars of the late-night portion of Saturday’s meet were Carlsbad junior Morgan Herbst and Mt. Miguel sophomore Brandon Arrington. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 During my junior year, the Columbine shooting took place, far away. Clare Beams, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 Liron Petrushka was a former soccer player for the Hapoel Ramat Gan Givatayim team, according to the Times of Israel, and his son Jordan had previously played for Israel's junior team. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 The defense also implemented a new package, with junior Nico Davillier and Spence. Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 27 Mar. 2024
Noun
When a right-wing website called 1819 News exposed his deepest secrets, his life wasn’t the only thing that was destroyed: When the story hit the next morning, Bubba’s son Carter, a junior at Auburn, was still asleep. Seyward Darby, Longreads, 9 Apr. 2024 Sophie Gordon, a 16-year-old junior at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, died in the crash. Jeff A. Chamer, Charlotte Observer, 9 Apr. 2024 No one has been better than Seth Hernandez of Corona, a junior who’s a two-way player. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 Brandon Gorski, a junior at Mater Dei, likely will need his county-leading clearance of 6-feet-8 in the high jump to get a medal in the event at Arcadia. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 8 Apr. 2024 Mir, then a junior, didn't just go on to create a workshop to teach middle schoolers about the fundamentals of journalism. Bridget Fogarty, Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2024 Jack Levin, a junior at La Jolla Country Day School, will be accepting the Local Peacemaker Award on behalf of the Lucky Ducklings. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Apr. 2024 Herrera, a junior at Simmons University in Boston, plans to take time off from classes to spend the day with her family and go to a local mosque for a special prayer that is only said during an eclipse. Rachel Treisman, NPR, 7 Apr. 2024 Added her classmate Minerva Pineda-Allen, a junior. Christina Larson, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Noun

Latin, noun & adjective

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of junior was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Junior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junior. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

junior

1 of 2 adjective
ju·​nior ˈjün-yər How to pronounce junior (audio)
1
a
: being the younger one
used chiefly to distinguish a son with the same given name as his father
b
: designed for young teenagers
2
: lower in standing or rank
junior partner
3
: of or relating to juniors in a school

junior

2 of 2 noun
1
: a person who is younger or of lower rank than another
2
: a student in the next-to-last year in a high school, college, or university

Legal Definition

junior

adjective
ju·​nior ˈjü-nyər How to pronounce junior (audio)
: of lower standing or rank
a junior lienholder

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