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 six-credit program starts the second semester of junior year and ends the first semester of senior year. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 12 Oct. 2021 Williams was a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman at North Hollywood Campbell Hall in the middle of his junior year of high school at the time. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2021 Losey was entering his junior year at SDSU when the college president, Walter Hepner, asked him to become band director and to compose a school march. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 So, right before my junior year I got cleared in July. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Blackmon said Byrd’s biggest improvement from his sophomore to his junior year has been the ability to go through his progressions and check to second and third receivers more frequently. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 2 Sep. 2021 A few days before starting junior year of high school, Cooper was ready to set it aside altogether. Devon Abelman, Allure, 31 Aug. 2021 Arterio Morris briefly transferred to Prolific Prep before his junior year before returning to Kimball and leading his team to a state runner-up finish in Class 5A last season. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 Tyler Smith, who was about to enter his junior year, will leave Bush High School after signing a contract with Overtime Elite. Matt Young, Chron, 23 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a junior, McReynolds rushed for 1,395 yards and 22 touchdowns on 190 carries. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2021 Guard Channise Lewis also returns after suffering a knee injury as a junior. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Hawken will have a girls state tournament representative in Wong, who as a junior posted an impressive 73 to be four strokes clear of the field. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 Ball tracking and adjustment ability improved as a junior. oregonlive, 7 Oct. 2021 As a junior for Isidore Newman High in Louisiana, Johnson had 40 receptions for 558 yards and six touchdowns last season. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Oct. 2021 As a junior in high school, Bilchik weighed 260 pounds. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 Wells’ previous cross country best time was 16:50.78 as a junior. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Matthews spent the first two years of high school at First Coast and caught more than 100 passes for over 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns before joining Trinity Christian as a junior. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Sep. 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 17 Oct. 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
: 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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