Definition of senior in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsēnyər/


1Of a more advanced age: he is 20 years senior to Leonard
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  • You may wonder what you have to offer someone 20 years your senior or professionally in advance of your position.
  • In the United States and Europe, guys are an average of two years senior to their partners.
  • Yoshimoto was deeply moved by the Priest's sermon and volunteered to become a disciple, though he was 21 years senior to the Priest.
1.1US Of or for students in the final year of college or high school.
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  • This went on for the entire final semester of my senior year of high school.
  • Right now, I'm in the middle of my third month of my senior year in high school in a new school.
  • Putting my actual weight and bad eating habits out there for my entire high-school senior class as fodder for our next reunion.
1.2Relating to or denoting competitors of above a certain age or of the highest status in a particular sport.
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  • He made his senior debut in the British League Cup at Sheffield last week, scoring one point, while he has been a regular in the Colts side.
  • Since making his senior debut for Western Province in 2003, Burger has fended off his fair share of opponents on the field.
  • The 22-year-old has promised much since making his senior debut for Great Britain three years ago.
1.3British Of, for, or denoting schoolchildren above a certain age, typically eleven.
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  • The battle for funds has filtered down to senior schools where girls are demanding, and getting, equality.
  • It will mean the end of single-sex education for girls in the senior school at Hull High and a move for pupils at Hull Grammar to improved facilities at the present Hull High site.
  • It didn't matter that Carrie was the popular senior girl at my school, she still was a close friend of mine even though I'd thought we'd grown apart.
1.4 (often Senior) [postpositive] (In names) denoting the elder of two who have the same name in a family, especially a father as distinct from his son: Henry James senior
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  • Walter never knew his grandfather, John Jones senior, who was a seaman and died at sea when son John and his two sisters were small.
  • For a short time, after the death of Mr James Smith senior in the 1950's, the garage was leased by Mr Elliot and known as Moat House Motors.
  • The market expects O'Reilly senior to take the position of chairman.
Sr., the Elder, the First, I
2Holding a high and authoritative position: he is a senior Finance Ministry official
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  • And I have never seen such distrust of a public official in the senior ranks.
  • When the investigation was conducted, he was head of the Fraud Squad and held the rank of senior superintendent.
  • He said salaries up to the rank of senior superintendent would be improved and money channelled towards scarce skills.
superior, higher-ranking, high-ranking, more important;
top, chief, ranking, high-status
2.1 [predicative] (senior to) Holding a higher position than: the people senior to me in my department
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  • Some of his colleagues who were senior to him in the service and occupied positions of power must have felt it annoying and irritating to report to, and frequently answer the queries of, a relatively junior officer like Hunter.
  • The tax man is senior to all but secured creditors, but from what I understand, in most bankruptcies, there is precious little left after the secured creditors have gotten theirs.
  • We've had great monarchs, like Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria because there have been no males senior to them.


1A person who is a specified number of years older than someone else: she was only two years his senior
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  • There was this girl who was a few years my senior from work that I was totally into but she was totally in love with someone else.
  • As he looked around the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple where the quorum held its meetings, he discovered that every man there was at least twenty years his senior.
  • There are others far more deserving of your hand. There is Alfred, the shy divinity student lodging with Reverend and Mrs. Baxter, and our cousin Joseph, and of course, Mr. Pratt, the widowed pig farmer who is 30 years your senior but quite prosperous.
1.1An elderly person, especially one who is retired and living on a pension.
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  • She wants to reclaim the word old and rejects euphemisms like elderly and seniors.
  • In 1926 it was the National Progressives that agreed to support the Liberals provided that they enacted legislation granting old age security pensions for seniors.
  • It actually lowers benefits for millions of poor seniors and other seniors who have drug benefits under retiree plans.
1.2A student in the final year of college or high school.
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  • Came the big day and she was as nervous and fidgety as a college senior before finals.
  • Today, she is a successful high school senior bound for college in the fall.
  • I like my presidents to have a little more travel experience than, say, your average college senior.
senior student, fourth-year student;
(seniors) graduating class
1.3British A student in a school for older children, especially those eleven and over.
1.4A competitor of above a certain age or of the highest status in a particular sport: at fourteen you move up to the seniors
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  • Being part of this team and playing with these players, especially the seniors, has been something special for me?
  • A rotation policy would give players - especially the seniors - time to rest.
  • That imbalance can threaten a team, especially if the seniors are good players.


Late Middle English: from Latin, literally 'older, older man', comparative of senex, sen- 'old man, old'.

Words that rhyme with senior

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Syllabification: sen·ior

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