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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun O'Quinn, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior who began his Cincinnati career as a tight end, started all 14 games last season at right tackle. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 26 July 2022 DeAndre Square, a linebacker, sixth-year senior, a guy that has been a mainstay for us. The Courier-Journal, 20 July 2022 Koster’s musical interests were stoked in Lakewood, with piano lessons at a young age and teen studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and via a brother eight years his senior, who introduced Koster to a range of indie rock. Gary Graff, cleveland, 21 June 2022 When Ryan Riahi was interviewing with Coinbase for a software engineer position back in December, the UCLA senior, who is about to graduate, was as bullish as ever on crypto and blockchain. Declan Harty, Fortune, 9 June 2022 But the Sooners’ bats gave Trautwein breathing room, and the super senior — who grew up rooting for the Longhorns — settled in. Ryan Aber, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 As a fifth-year senior, San Diego State’s Taylor Adams will experience a flurry of emotions when the team takes the field against LSU today in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament in Tempe, Arizona. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2022 The 6-3, 190-pound senior, who has been timed at 6.35 seconds in the 60-yard dash, was rounding third with a shot at a potential inside-the-park home run. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 14 May 2022 After a teacher broke up the altercation, witnesses told police that one of the students, an 18-year-old senior, walked over to a backpack, pulled out a handgun and opened fire. Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News, 18 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tools that abstract complexity, reduce toil and bake in best practices can make development accessible to a wider cohort of engineers, reducing the workload—and pressure—of senior engineers. Gleb Polyakov, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Beauté, 35, works as a senior product manager at Hi Marley Inc., a tech start-up in Boston, and previously worked as a technical product manager for GE Digital, according to her LinkedIn profile. Globe Staff,, 1 Aug. 2022 After about twenty minutes, Maksym Romanchuk, a senior investigator, came out to talk to the group. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 1 Aug. 2022 Corona Centennial has senior Malachi Riley and sophomore sensation Cory Butler. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2022 LaVerde noted that this senior class of 11 is likely his smallest in that time, but those 11 have set the tone this summer. Matt Goul, cleveland, 1 Aug. 2022 Anthony Schulte, a rising senior at Lake Orion High School, is a Free Press apprentice this summer. Anthony Schulte, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2022 Amy Reisenbach and CBS Network Entertainment senior vp daytime programs Laurie Seidman. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 July 2022 Prior to joining the BHG team full time as Editorial Assistant, Savanna contributed to BHG as an Apprentice in the final semester of her senior year at college. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 July 2022 See More

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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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“Senior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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