seniority

noun

se·​nior·​i·​ty sēn-ˈyȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce seniority (audio)
-ˈyär-
1
: the quality or state of being senior : priority
2
: a privileged status attained by length of continuous service (as in a company)

Examples of seniority in a Sentence

Promotions are based on merit and seniority. a teacher with less seniority He has worked here longer than I have, so he has seniority over me.
Recent Examples on the Web Mickey Mouse makes 36% more at Disneyland than at Disney World Equity has been circulating a list of key issues facing nonunion Disneyland characters and parade performers that include pay, annual raises, safety, costumes, scheduling, seniority and job security. Brady MacDonald, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 However, the trend persists that women’s chances of progression decrease with every level of seniority. Adam Gale, Fortune Europe, 27 May 2024 Those deals also eliminated a two-tier wage structure that paid workers hired since 2007 significantly less for doing the same job than colleagues with more seniority. Stephen J. Silvia, The Conversation, 21 May 2024 That is a war crime under the Rome Statute, the treaty of the International Criminal Court, or I.C.C. Even though the court is a judicial body independent from the United Nations, Mr. Türk’s statement drew attention given his seniority. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for seniority 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of seniority was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Seniority.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seniority. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

seniority

noun
se·​nior·​i·​ty sēn-ˈyȯr-ət-ē How to pronounce seniority (audio)
-ˈyär-
1
: the quality or state of being senior
2
: a privileged position arrived at by length of service

Legal Definition

seniority

noun
se·​nior·​i·​ty sēn-ˈyȯr-ə-tē How to pronounce seniority (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being senior
2
: the senior status attained by length of continuous service (as in a company)
also : the length of such continuous service
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