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senior

noun se·nior \ ˈsē-nyər \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of senior

1 :a person older than another
  • five years my senior
2 a :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

Examples of senior in a Sentence

  1. As his senior, she commanded quite a bit of respect.

  2. She was his senior in rank.

  3. high school juniors and seniors

Recent Examples of senior from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of senior

Middle English, from Latin, from senior, adjective

senior Synonyms

Synonyms
elder
Antonyms
junior
Related Words
ancestor, forerunner, predecessor
Near Antonyms
contemporary, peer; descendant (also descendent), successor

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senior

adjective

Definition of senior

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

Examples of senior in a Sentence

  1. the senior vice president of marketing

  2. She is a senior aide to the president.

  3. a senior editor for the magazine

  4. He recently became a senior partner in the accounting firm.

  5. the men's senior baseball league

Recent Examples of senior from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of senior

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


SENIOR Defined for English Language Learners

senior

noun

Definition of senior for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is older than another person

  • : a person who is of a higher rank than another person

  • : a student in the final year of high school or college


senior

adjective

Definition of senior for English Language Learners

  • : older in age

  • : higher in standing or rank than another person in the same position

  • : of, relating to, or designed for older people


SENIOR Defined for Kids

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senior

noun se·nior \ ˈsēn-yər \

Definition of senior for Students

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

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senior

adjective

Definition of senior for Students

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

Law Dictionary

senior

adjective 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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