senior

noun
se·​nior | \ ˈsē-nyər How to pronounce senior (audio) \

Definition of senior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person older than another five years my senior
2a : 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

senior

adjective

Definition of senior (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for senior

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Rose Lavelle, Patrick Mahomes II headline star-studded Cincinnati.com Sports Awards show," 15 May 2020 Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "Super Bowl QB Patrick Mahomes to present Courier Journal Sports Awards Athletes of the Year," 14 May 2020 Instead, there will be a recognition of seniors who missed their final sports seasons as part of a national tribute video that will be included in the broadcast. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is the featured presenter for the Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards broadcast," 14 May 2020 Critics also noted inherent biases in smartphone data given that nearly 1 in 5 Americans don’t have one, with rates lowest among seniors, who are most likely to die of covid-19. Washington Post, "The limits of smartphone data are on display as the country seeks to reopen," 14 May 2020 Families of Crosby High School seniors now know when their children will walk across the stage for graduation — with the caveat that the situation is highly fluid and some details are subject to change. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby ISD announces late May graduation ceremony at Cougar Stadium," 8 May 2020 Four of the team’s seniors — Mckenzie Duke, Madison Blount, Regan Burleson and Jamie Gilbert — drove to their field at 6 p.m. on April 17. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "The Lost Season: La Vernia’s promising year stopped short," 6 May 2020 Last month, United employees started making weekly wellness calls to check on seniors, and the carrier has flown medical workers across the country to help in the coronavirus fight. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "United Airlines Matching Donations in Miles to Coronavirus Relief Charities on Giving Tuesday," 5 May 2020 Henry County seniors will soon be able to visit their schools to pick up yearbooks or get things out of their lockers. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Henry opening schools by appointment to let seniors get yearbooks, locker items," 30 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Friday the event raised $900 for senior scholarships. cleveland, "Hot dogs and rock ’n roll lift neighborhood’s spirit: Olmsted Dates and Data," 3 May 2020 The couple announced their decision to step back from their roles as senior working royals at the beginning of the year and have since relocated to California. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry's Friends Say He Feels Like His Life Has Been "Turned Upside Down" by His Move to America," 2 May 2020 At least 57 of the state’s coronavirus deaths have been people associated with senior care homes in Oregon, according to state officials. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon: 57 new cases, 5 new deaths, health officials announce Saturday," 2 May 2020 It's been a stressful, uncertain time in history for Arizona high school senior student-athletes. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Saluting Seniors: Basha's Kolby Feyen earned pilot's license before final baseball season grounded," 2 May 2020 Stuart Tracy, senior culinary lead at Chick-fil-A, added. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Chick-fil-A Is Now Offering Chicken Parm Meal Kits to Make at Home," 2 May 2020 Those in the behemoth’s hydrocarbon business earning above Rs15 lakh ($19,806) a year will face a 10% pay cut and senior executives will see income slashed by up to 50%, according to a letter by RIL executive director Hital Meswani. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Pay cuts at India’s most valued firm are an ominous sign for India Inc," 1 May 2020 Shubham Singhal is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Detroit office and the global leader of the Healthcare Systems & Services Practice. Kevin Sneader, Fortune, "3 changes businesses will need to adapt to post-coronavirus," 1 May 2020 In the meantime, viewers can go on a virtual tour of the show through a new video put together by the museum’s senior curator, Eleanor Jones Harvey. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Mastodon is a Centerpiece of an Art Exhibition. Why?," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of senior

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for senior

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

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

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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Senior.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senior. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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senior

noun
How to pronounce senior (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of senior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is older than another person
: a person who is of a higher rank than another person
US : a student in the final year of high school or college

senior

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of senior (Entry 2 of 2)

: older in age
: higher in standing or rank than another person in the same position
: of, relating to, or designed for older people

senior

noun
se·​nior | \ ˈsēn-yər How to pronounce senior (audio) \

Kids Definition of senior

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person older or higher in rank than someone else
2 : a student in the final year of high school or college
3 : an elderly person

senior

adjective

Kids Definition of senior (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being older
Hint: This sense is often used to distinguish a father from a son with the same name. John Doe, Senior
2 : higher in rank or office Who is the senior partner of the law firm?
3 : relating to students in the final year of high school or college

senior

adjective
se·​nior | \ ˈsē-nyər \

Legal Definition of senior

: 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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