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

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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 Galvin was a sophomore and helped lead the Tigers back to the state semifinals two years later, grading at 91 percent with 63 knockdowns as a senior. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy alumni Galvin, Stewart named to Texas Football college preseason team," 23 June 2020 Smith, a senior at Dickinson High School just outside of Houston, remembers his mother banging on pots for hours when Obama was elected in 2008. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 China released on Thursday 10 Indian soldiers captured during the fight, having held them for days while negotiating with India through diplomatic and military channels, according to senior... Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "India-China Border Clash Shows Rising Risk in Beijing’s Territorial Push," 19 June 2020 The coronavirus stopped me from having a full experience as a senior. Bryanna Bell, al, "Bryanna Bell, Central High School," 19 June 2020 Playing at New Castle for his dad, Sam, Alford averaged 37.7 points per game as a senior and won IndyStar Mr. Basketball in 1983. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana By The Numbers: Who wore it best? No. 12," 16 June 2020 Sanders, a four-star quarterback recruit who will be a senior at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, this fall, posted pictures of the workout on social media Saturday. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady trains Deion Sanders' son, Shedeur, in Tampa Bay : 'Soaking up all the knowlege'," 15 June 2020 The march finished at city hall, where the crowd listened to speakers such as Nolan Bylenga, a 22-year-old senior at Portland State University who is running as the Democratic candidate for House District 58. oregonlive, "BLM protests continue through weekend in Portland, other cities," 15 June 2020 Lian is a senior on the Hamilton campus and Xing graduated from Miami University in December 2019, according to Carole Johnson, the spokesperson for Miami University. Segann March,, "Coroner: Two Miami University students found dead in Kentucky's Lake Cumberland," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hundreds of troops with the Washington, D.C., National Guard have mobilized to protect monuments in the nation's capital, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News on Wednesday. Fox News, "White DC protester seen yelling in faces of black cops in viral video: 'They're a part of the problem'," 24 June 2020 The White House estimates that both proclamations will free up 525,000 jobs by the end of the year, according to the senior administration official. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Trump to expand sweeping immigration restrictions, targeting work visas in new order," 23 June 2020 But a senior administration official said Tuesday that hospitality businesses such as these will be subject to the new restrictions. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s new restrictions on foreign workers, explained," 23 June 2020 But the senior administration official conceded that important activities led by the WHO, including vaccination initiatives, need to continue. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside the Trump Administration’s Decision to Leave the World Health Organization," 20 June 2020 Bolton is not the only senior Trump official to voice criticism of the President as the election nears. Brian Bennett, Time, "Fearing Internal Dissent Ahead of the Election, Trump Expands His War on Washington," 18 June 2020 On Monday, a senior Chinese official said Beijing’s new national security law will have the power to do just that. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "The fallout of John Bolton’s China bombshells," 18 June 2020 Alan Doss is the outgoing president of the Kofi Annan Foundation and a former senior UN official with extensive experience in Africa. The Economist, "The world after covid-19 Alan Doss and Mo Ibrahim on preventing covid from killing democracy in Africa," 17 June 2020 Those employees are under constant pressure to find vulnerabilities in commercial software and other technology, said a former senior intelligence official., "Elite CIA unit that built hacking tools failed to secure its own systems," 16 June 2020

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

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“Senior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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



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


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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