seniority

noun se·nior·i·ty \ sēn-ˈyȯr-ə-tē , -ˈyär- \
|Updated on: 15 Aug 2018

Definition of seniority

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

  1. Promotions are based on merit and seniority.

  2. a teacher with less seniority

  3. He has worked here longer than I have, so he has seniority over me.

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First Known Use of seniority

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SENIORITY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of seniority for English Language Learners

  • : the amount of time you have worked at a job or for a company compared to other employees

  • : the state of having a higher rank than another person


Law Dictionary

seniority

noun se·nior·i·ty \ sēn-ˈyȯr-ə-tē \

legal Definition of seniority

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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