senior

1 of 2

noun

se·​nior ˈsē-nyər How to pronounce senior (audio)
1
: a person older than another
five years my senior
2
a
: a person with higher standing or rank
b
: a senior fellow of a college at an English university
c
: a student in the year preceding graduation from a school of secondary or higher level
3
capitalized : a member of a program of the Girl Scouts for girls in the 9th through 12th grades in school
4

senior

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adjective

1
: of prior birth, establishment, or enrollment
often used to distinguish a father with the same given name as his son
2
: higher ranking : superior
senior officers
3
: of, relating to, or intended for seniors
a senior center
4
: having a claim on corporate assets and income prior to other securities

Examples of senior in a Sentence

Noun As his senior, she commanded quite a bit of respect. She was his senior in rank. high school juniors and seniors Adjective the senior vice president of marketing She is a senior aide to the president. a senior editor for the magazine He recently became a senior partner in the accounting firm. the men's senior baseball league See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
More educational programs for children and freeze property taxes for seniors. Charlotte Observer, 8 Feb. 2024 President Joe Biden’s 2022 Inflation Reduction Act capped out-of-pocket costs of insulin to people on Medicare to $35 a month, but only for seniors. Steve Karnowski, Fortune Well, 8 Feb. 2024 There are no seniors on the roster, but three players average 15-plus points per game: Ethan Taylor (15.7), Rytis Petraitis (15.6) and Beau Becker (15.1). Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 Consisting of 48 new units, these apartments provide affordable rental housing opportunities for seniors ages 62 and older. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 Ten seniors enrolled in an entrepreneurship class at O.D. Wyatt will work as store employees, stocking shelves and taking inventory during their class period, and then returning after the school day is dismissed to distribute food, said teacher Julie Castellano, who is supervising those students. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 31 Jan. 2024 Thursdays, March 8 and 15; 2 p.m. March 11 and 17, 100 E. Fort St. $14 general, $11 students and seniors. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The 7-foot-2, 260-pound senior from Alexandria, Virginia, who played at Michigan three seasons before transferring to KU, scored the 2,000th point of his career. Gary Bedore, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 The number of seniors injured in vehicle crashes that year exceeded 266,000. Judith Graham, Fortune Well, 27 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Though Frierson was a senior and Smith was a freshman, Frierson could just tell Smith was different with his work ethic and athleticism. Jesse Newell, Kansas City Star, 9 Feb. 2024 Fights within the Idaho GOP boiled over Thursday as lawmakers ousted a senior member of Republican leadership during the session for the first time in living memory. Ian Max Stevenson, Idaho Statesman, 9 Feb. 2024 Jessica Radloff is the Glamour senior West Coast editor and author of the NYT best-selling book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 8 Feb. 2024 Lee’s tenure has also seen the introduction of culture and leadership initiative The Pledge across all BBC Studios productions, empowering senior leaders to take responsibility for behavior on their sets and to provide clarity and support its teams – whether on or off-screen. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 According to his LinkedIn profile, Cory is a senior vice president of software development programs at CompTIA. Daniel S. Levine, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2024 Bill Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said in a statement that the political brinkmanship adds uncertainty to the economic outlook. Fatima Hussein, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 The Iraqi government reported civilian casualties afterward and summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to issue an official note of protest. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Tim Johnson is senior director of horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 28 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Latin, from senior, adjective

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin, older, elder, comparative of sen-, senex old; akin to Goth sineigs old, Greek henos

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of senior was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Senior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senior. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

senior

1 of 2 noun
se·​nior ˈsē-nyər How to pronounce senior (audio)
1
: a person who is older than another
five years my senior
2
a
: a person with higher standing or rank
b
: a student in the final year of high school or college

senior

2 of 2 adjective
1
: being older
used to distinguish a father from a son with the same name
John Doe, Senior
2
: higher ranking
senior officers
the senior partner of the law firm
3
: of or relating to seniors in an educational institution
the senior class
Etymology

Noun

Middle English senior "a person older than another specific person," from Latin senior (same meaning), from senior (adjective) "older, elder," from sen-, senex "old" — related to senate, senile, senor, sir

Legal Definition

senior

adjective
se·​nior
ˈsē-nyər
: having higher rank or priority
a senior lienholder
specifically : having a claim on corporate assets and income prior to other securities

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