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

elder

Synonyms: Adjective

aged, aging (or ageing), ancient, elderly, geriatric, long-lived, old, older, over-the-hill, senescent, unyoung

Antonyms: Noun

junior

Antonyms: Adjective

young, youthful

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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

The two-acre facility will do much for the community; the center houses 100 beds for homeless youth, will host programming for youth and seniors, serves as the location for center's administrative offices, and more. Samantha Brooks, Vogue, "Everyone From Mayor Eric Garcetti to Shangela Came Out to the Opening of the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood," 10 Apr. 2019 At the time the measure passed, it was believed 26 seniors would be affected by the legislation. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "In first-ever veto, Bowser denies diplomas to chronically absent students," 12 July 2018 Simply put, seniors are often left out of the conversation. Julia Bainbridge, Allure, "What Sex Is Really Like After 70, According to XConfessions' New Documentary," 14 Mar. 2019 After some discussion among the more established members of the house, a senior popped in a DVD featuring hot girl-on-girl action. Sophie Ouellette-howitz, SELF, "This Is Why You Should Pay for Porn," 7 Nov. 2018 Military recruiters have struggled to compete in a growing U.S. economy, with low unemployment rates and private companies paying more to graduating seniors. Fox News, "Army misses 2018 recruiting goal," 24 Sep. 2018 Many of these seniors took out loans to help pay for their children’s college tuition and are still paying them off. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Over 60, and Crushed by Student Loan Debt," 2 Feb. 2019 In 2017, 100 percent of CISLA seniors graduated from high school. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Bid on Lunch with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mellody Hobson, Norman Lear and Help High School Students Graduate," 4 Oct. 2018 While a group of seniors will lead the front seven, North Texas is vulnerable if the team runs into any injury problems. Iliana Limón Romero, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Talented North Texas is No. 46 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The grand interfaith ceremony saw representatives, guests, and performers from all across the 53 nations of the British Commonwealth, plus senior members of the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Curtsy to the Queen in Westminster Abbey," 11 Mar. 2019 Runners-up: Traveler senior editor Corina Quinn calls out Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Traveler 25: A Very Opinionated, Totally Subjective List of Things We Loved About Travel This Year," 14 Dec. 2018 The service will be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who the senior bishop of the Church of England, and will take place at either Westminster Abbey or St Paul's Cathedral, where there's likely to be an impressive international turnout. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?," 25 Mar. 2019 In August and October, Senate Democrats agreed to confirm two sets of district court nominees, which a senior Democratic aide had said were predominantly uncontroversial. Li Zhou, Vox, "Trump has gotten 66 judges confirmed this year. In his second year, Obama had gotten 49.," 27 Dec. 2018 Alex Loznak, 22, a senior at Columbia University, is dressed business casual for an internship interview. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Do Americans Have a Constitutional Right to a Livable Planet? Meet the 21 Young People Who Say They Do," 21 Mar. 2019 The political divide within the Kushner family is by now well documented: Josh is a lifelong Democrat who has marched for gun control legislation, Jared a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 The senior Buttigieg, a household name in the area, was a respected professor and beloved family man. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Was Joseph Buttigieg, Mayor Pete's Beloved Dad and a Notre Dame Professor?," 19 Mar. 2019 The biggest news came today, when senior Pentagon leadership revealed progress in a plan to build an American airbase in Poland. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "It Looks Like A U.S. Air Base Is Coming To Poland," 13 Mar. 2019

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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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senior

noun

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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