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



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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After playing behind draft picks Harris, Josh Jacobs, Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough, Robinson had his chance to lead the Crimson Tide rushing attack as a fifth-year senior. Michael Casagrande |, al, 29 Apr. 2022 The fifth-year senior was named the winner of the Pat Tillman Award as the conference’s defensive player of the year. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 If that doesn’t stick, the fifth-year senior has no problem bouncing around the line again as a reserve. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 Cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat noted recently that Smith, who will be a fifth-year senior, has been the most dependable player on his unit this spring. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2022 The 6-foot-6, 327-pound sixth-year senior moved to right guard this spring in anticipation of a permanent position change this fall. oregonlive, 12 Apr. 2022 The fifth-year senior has spent spring practice training as a safety. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Apr. 2022 Gillespie, a fifth-year senior who was the Big East player of the year, is the latest in a long line of game-changing guards looking to lead his team to another national championship. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 The fifth-year senior seemed to find a new gear since Auriemma assigned her to provide a spark off the bench. Dom Amore,, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Glickman, a senior, got in a groove on the mound and at the plate, doubling in two runs and scoring two runs, and the Warriors rallied for a 5-2 CCC victory over Newington. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 10 May 2022 Three other players – sophomore Abigail Trapp, junior Madi Williams and senior Lexi Koenig – have knocked in 20 or more runs. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 10 May 2022 During the early days of the pandemic McClellan worked delivering food to approximately 6,000 senior citizens in the District, many of whom eventually contracted the coronavirus and some of whom died. Katie Shepherd And Joe Heim, Anchorage Daily News, 9 May 2022 Some senior employees from Cohen’s firm, Point72 Asset Management, have been moonlighting as Mets employees in crucial roles, according to staffers’ LinkedIn pages, the Mets’ website and people familiar with the matter. Juliet Chung, WSJ, 9 May 2022 The senior only allowed three walks, two hits and a run while striking out nine batters. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 9 May 2022 However just before the turn, senior leader and three-time first team all Big Ten player Valery Plata turned it on to help propel the Spartans (303) into fifth place after 18 holes. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2022 In my nonfiction class, a senior named Yidi profiled her V.P.N. dealer. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Boozman is the senior member of the state's congressional delegation and has emphasized issues with direct ties to Arkansas, such as agriculture and veterans affairs. Ryan Tarinelli, Arkansas Online, 8 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of senior


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for senior


Middle English, from Latin, from senior, adjective


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

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10 May 2022

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“Senior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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



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


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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