Definition of junior in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒuːnɪə/


1For or denoting young or younger people: junior tennis
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  • Wildlife Watch is the UK's leading action club for young environmentalists and junior members have the opportunity to collect badges.
  • Students who had set up and run a mini company under the junior achievement young enterprise programme were eligible to enter the competition.
  • He then became the youngest ever junior world champion the following year.
younger, youngest
1.1British For or denoting schoolchildren between the ages of about 7 and 11: junior pupils
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  • The funds were raised at the Elder Avenue school after junior pupils took part in a sponsored stay awake for 12 hours.
  • The event gives the junior pupils from primary schools in and around Appleby a taste of grammar school life.
  • These schools normally admit pupils from their junior department to senior school without sitting a further examination.
1.2North American Of or for students in the third year of a course lasting four years at college or high school: his junior year in college
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  • She first visited it as a Smith College student during her junior year abroad in Geneva.
  • They were on the road because it's during the summer after a high school player's junior year that college coaches best identify scholarship prospects.
  • Most successful applicants will have taken at least basic journalism courses and have completed at least their junior year of college by summer 2000.
1.3 (often Junior) [postpositive, in names] Denoting the younger of two who have the same name in a family, especially a son as distinct from his father: John F. Kennedy Junior
the Younger;
British  minor;
North American  II
2Low or lower in rank or status: a junior minister part of my function is to supervise those junior to me
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  • Scathing reports on the surgical department then led to the surgical unit temporarily losing its training status for junior doctors.
  • Already, ministers and junior ministers must give up their council seats upon joining the Cabinet or junior minister ranks.
  • Her ministerial appointments amounted to only eight women, only one of whom rose higher than the ranks of junior minister.
low-ranking, lower-ranking, subordinate, sub-, lesser, lower, minor, secondary, inferior;
beneath, under


1A person who is a specified number of years younger than someone else: he’s five years her junior
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  • In 1966 a gate charge of 20 cents was introduced, with juniors up for five cents and those under 14 admitted free.
  • Her husband Lee Hall - a Geordie five years her junior who leapt to international fame writing Billy Elliot, the story of a boy ballet dancer - leads an equally frantic life.
  • Winifred, five years his junior, moved to Keighley from Newcastle in 1933 and worked at Wolsey's wool mill.
1.1British A child attending a junior school: first-year juniors the curriculum of top juniors
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  • In the prescribed order infants, toddlers and juniors mounted Matron, were breathed upon, exchanged whispers, and given their Christmas present.
  • But the money saved by not replacing the retiring head at Carlton will allow each school to afford separate teachers for infants and juniors.
  • Play facilities specially constructed to cater for juniors and toddlers will be built next to Chiltern Primary School.
1.2North American A student in the third year at college or high school: [with modifier]: high-school juniors and seniors
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  • By May of 1999, the foundation offered two scholarship programs and intensive SAT tutoring for high school juniors and seniors.
  • Currently, it enrolls approximately 2,500 high school juniors and seniors each year.
  • Choosing among programs can be quite bewildering for the rising high school junior or senior researching colleges and universities.
1.3(In sport) a young competitor, typically under sixteen or eighteen: indoor tennis for juniors
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  • Two years before he would guide the international juniors to victory over their American counterparts with 33 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Now 18, though still young enough to compete as a junior, Sorrell has broken through.
  • As a result of some of the initiatives undertaken by the club, some young juniors are already competing at regional events.
1.4North American informal Used as a nickname or form of address for one’s son: he said: ‘there’s Junior,’ referring to his son
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  • Want to send mom a DVD of junior's first Christmas?
  • And the big toy chains are hopeful that while mom and dad may cut back on other parts of the family budget, they'll continue to splurge on toys for junior.
  • The colorful PC is likely to fit junior's bedroom or playroom décor.
2A person with low rank or status compared with others: an office junior
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  • I taught it to my junior who did the Blackburn Royal Commission.
  • Neither Mr Syed, the locum consultant urologist nor his junior were present.
  • The drugs are collected from the pharmacy by the specialist chemotherapy nurses and handed to the consultant or to juniors in the consultant's presence.



Pronunciation: /dʒuːnɪˈɒrɪti/
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  • The Court noted that the clause applied irrespective of the experience and juniority of the employee concerned.
  • However, during the colonial period economic changes gave youth new sources of power that they could use to bypass older systems of bridewealth that old men had used to keep them in a position of juniority.


Middle English (as an adjective following a family name): from Latin, comparative of juvenis 'young'.

  • This word was first used as an adjective following a family name. It is a use of a Latin word, the comparative (‘younger’) of juvenis ‘young’.

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