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 In Leominster, Massachusetts, about 50 miles west of Boston, librarians installed mobile hot spots at the city's senior and veterans' centers, both of which have large parking lots, enabling many more people to log onto the Internet. Jeanne Bonner, CNN, 13 June 2021 Then there’s Stewart, a 6-foot-6 senior who has racked up at least 10 kills in every match this spring., 13 June 2021 People seemed especially touched by the words of Alex Rodriquez, a senior from East Los Angeles who spoke with raw candor about his difficult path to a degree in literature. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 June 2021 Yovino, who is the team captain, is a rising senior and comes from a passionate lacrosse family in which her two older brothers Louie and Nick won state titles at St. Thomas and garnered multiple All-American honors. Emmett Hall,, 10 June 2021 University of Central Arkansas sprinter Zachary Jewell, a senior from Mena, was 16th in the 100 and didn't advance. Arkansas Online, 10 June 2021 High school sports provide us so many wonderful individual success stories, and one of my favorites is the story of Luke Budzyn, a senior who was on the East Ridge basketball team. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Among the student athletes are: Bryan Albee, a senior from Danielson who plays pitcher on the baseball team and majors in Criminology., 4 June 2021 As a college senior, the now-Cowboys defensive end helped guide Ohio to an 8-6 record that included three losses in its final four games. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For all the talk of dark money and bad guys in Russia, the average Russians do not like money laundering oligarchs and senior government officials. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 14 June 2021 Canada, Britain and France largely endorsed Biden’s position on China, while Germany, Italy and the European Union showed more hesitancy, according to two senior Biden administration officials. Fox News, 13 June 2021 Over the years, senior officials including Premier Li Keqiang have sometimes argued for giving the private sector more autonomy in collecting and handling user data, people familiar with Beijing’s internal deliberations say. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 12 June 2021 Much of Biden’s preparation, three senior Administration officials say, has taken place during his daily intelligence briefing. Brian Bennett, Time, 11 June 2021 On Thursday, the committee held a nomination hearing for two of the senior officials expected to round out Biden's cyber team. Geneva Sands, CNN, 11 June 2021 The taskforce will be overseen by the Secretary of State for Transport in the U.K., and chaired by senior officials in the Department for Transport and their U.S. counterparts. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 In a call with reporters Thursday, senior administration officials underscored the significance behind Biden’s choice of the United Kingdom for his first foreign visit, and the meeting with Johnson as his first with a foreign leader abroad. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 His foundation, started 10 years ago, has relentlessly targeted senior government officials with colorful and widely watched videos that detail corruption allegations against them. Vladimir Isachenkov,, 9 June 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Senior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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