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 Filiaga, a fifth-year senior, started all six games in 2020 at left guard. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football has 'flexibility' along offensive line thanks to these 2 players," 4 May 2021 Now two years removed from treatments for a malignant melanoma found on the bottom of his foot, Pashcal looks poised for an All-SEC type season as a fifth-year senior. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Could UK have more than 10 NFL draft picks in 2022? These Wildcats could all be picked," 3 May 2021 Thayer Munford is the Buckeyes’ left tackle, but will be a fifth-year senior. Matt Goul, cleveland, "NFL mock draft 2022: Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, North Carolina’s Sam Howell, LSU’s Derek Stingley Jr. are potential top picks," 2 May 2021 The 6-foot-4 fifth-year senior will be the winningest quarterback in college football in 2021 with a 30-5 career record as a starter. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "Top 5 players to watch in Cincinnati Bearcats' spring football game," 17 Apr. 2021 Pooja Bapat is another four-year senior who spent two years in the second singles spot, and will play third singles this year. oregonlive, "Oregon high school spring season preview: Highlighting standout tennis players," 16 Apr. 2021 Brunk, a fifth-year senior, is eligible to return for another year because of an NCAA ruling in regard to this past season and COVID-19. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU center Joey Brunk tweets he is looking to play his final year elsewhere, thanks school," 13 Apr. 2021 Jenkins, a fifth-year senior, was a three-year starter at OSU. Rob Reischel, Forbes, "OSU’s Teven Jenkins Would Give The Green Bay Packers Several Options Up Front," 4 Apr. 2021 Also entering the portal Tuesday was fellow Jaguars guard John Pettway, a fifth-year senior. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama’s Michael Flowers, John Pettway enter NCAA transfer portal," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It’s not just that employer demand for young workers dried up, says Andrew Challenger, a senior vice president at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an executive coaching firm. Krithika Varagur, WSJ, "Summer Jobs for Teens Make a Comeback—But Not All Types," 9 May 2021 Although vaccinated, the 69-year-old Nucci, who is Suffolk University’s senior vice president for external affairs, is working remotely, avoiding crowds, and always masking and distancing., "Even after a second dose, COVID-19 vaccines may not provide protection for transplant recipients," 8 May 2021 Former food service workers and others may also be migrating to warehousing jobs with wages as high as $23 an hour and to customer service jobs that are done from home, said Amy Glaser, senior vice president at the staffing firm Adecco. New York Times, "Job Growth Slowed in April, Muddling Expectations," 7 May 2021 Elite is run by commissioner and president Aaron Ryan, who worked for the NBA for 22 years in numerous capacities including senior vice president of marketing solutions and USA Basketball. Los Angeles Times, "Who needs senior prom or the NCAA? Overtime Elite to pay top hoops prospects to play," 7 May 2021 Dario Gil, senior vice president and director of IBM research, says making the transistors required innovations at various stages of the manufacturing process. Will Knight, Wired, "To Make These Chips More Powerful, IBM Is Growing Them Taller," 6 May 2021 Before founding the firm in 2004, Adolf spent a decade as a partner at McKinsey & Company and five years as senior vice president and general manager of the global brokerage and banking division at American Express AXP +1.2%. Jason Bisnoff, Forbes, "RIA Aggregator Focus Financial Beats Earnings Expectations," 6 May 2021 Lazar is a senior vice president and regional director for Capital Group Private Client Services in Chicago and has been a trustee of the museum since July 2019, also leading the board’s finance committee. Doug George,, "Driehaus Museum announces leadership appointments after death of founder," 6 May 2021 As Kate Helfrich, Benefit's senior vice president of global product and service innovation, tells Allure, Hoola made its big debut back in 2001 — and this May marks the product's 20th birthday. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Benefit Cosmetics's Iconic Hoola Bronzer Just Turned 20," 6 May 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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10 May 2021

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“Senior.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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