What does junior mean?

Definitions for junior
ˈdʒun yərju·nior

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. juniornoun

    term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male

    "look here, junior, it's none of your business"

  2. juniornoun

    a third-year undergraduate

  3. juniornoun

    the younger of two persons

    "she is two years my junior"

  4. Junior, Jr, Jnradjective

    a son who has the same first name as his father

  5. junioradjective

    younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service

  6. junior(a), third-year, next-to-lastadjective

    used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college

    "the junior class"; "a third-year student"

  7. junioradjective

    including or intended for youthful persons

    "a junior sports league"; "junior fashions"


  1. Junioradjective

    Less advanced in age than another; younger. Abbreviated Jr.

  2. Junioradjective

    of or relating to the third year of a four-year term; -- used of the third or next to final year in a U. S. high school or college. See junior, n..


  1. juniornoun

    A younger person.

    four years his junior

  2. juniornoun

    A third-year student at a high school or university.

  3. juniornoun

    A name suffix used after a son's name when his father has the same name. Abbreviation: Jr.

  4. junioradjective


  5. junioradjective

    Of or pertaining to a third academic year in a four-year high school (eleventh grade) or university.

  6. junioradjective

    Low in rank; having a subordinate role, job, or situation.

  7. Etymology: From junior, contr. of juvenior, compar. of iuvenis; see juvenile.


  1. júnior

    Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior (born 29 June 1954), also known as Léo Júnior or simply Júnior, is a Brazilian football pundit and retired footballer who played as a left back or midfielder. He was nicknamed "capacete" ("helmet", in Portuguese) because of his afro hairstyle. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. Junior now works as a television pundit for Rede Globo.


  1. junior

    Junior, as an English word, has several uses, but generally refers to someone who is younger or less experienced than another person. It can be used as a suffix for a child who bears the exact same name as their parent, or as an adjective in a work environment to denote someone who is lower in rank or seniority. It can also be used to refer to the earlier years in a sequence such as in school grades or in sports team divisions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Junioradjective

    less advanced in age than another; younger

  2. Junioradjective

    lower in standing or in rank; later in office; as, a junior partner; junior counsel; junior captain

  3. Junioradjective

    composed of juniors, whether younger or a lower standing; as, the junior class; of or pertaining to juniors or to a junior class. See Junior, n., 2

  4. Juniornoun

    belonging to a younger person, or an earlier time of life

  5. Juniornoun

    a younger person

  6. Juniornoun

    hence: One of a lower or later standing; specifically, in American colleges, one in the third year of his course, one in the fourth or final year being designated a senior; in some seminaries, one in the first year, in others, one in the second year, of a three years' course

  7. Etymology: [L. contr. fr. juvenior, compar. of juvenis young. See Juvenile.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Junior

    jōōn′yur, adj. younger: less advanced.—n. one younger or less advanced.—ns. Junior′ity, Jun′iorship; Jun′ior-right, borough-English (q.v.).—Junior optime, a third-class honours man at Cambridge, next to Wranglers and Senior Optimes; Junior soph, an undergraduate of the second year at Cambridge. [Contr. of L. juvenior, younger—juvenis, young.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. junior

    One having a lower rank. When the grade is the same, the one having the more recent commission or warrant.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Junior is ranked #14038 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Junior surname appeared 2,146 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Junior.

    54.4% or 1,168 total occurrences were Black.
    33% or 709 total occurrences were White.
    7.6% or 165 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 60 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 26 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 18 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'junior' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3512

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'junior' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4465

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'junior' in Adjectives Frequency: #474

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of junior in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of junior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of junior in a Sentence

  1. William Fullbright:

    The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.

  2. Katey Alatalo:

    We're trying to turn this moment into a movement to improve the situation for junior scientists, we're too junior in the field to punish anybody, but we can tell people how to empower victims.

  3. Harold Taylor:

    A student is not a professional athlete. ... He is not a little politician or junior senator looking for angles ... an amateur promoter, a glad-hander, embryo Rotarian, caf-society leader, quiz kid or man about town. A student is a person who is learning to fulfill his powers and to find ways of using them in the service of mankind.

  4. Assistant State Attorney Matthew Smith:

    ( Montgomery) picked Jack Junior Montgomery up and flung Jack Junior Montgomery as described by the other brothers, helicopter across the hotel room into what’s kind of a cabinet, where Jack Junior Montgomery hit head first. And ultimately caused Jack Junior Montgomery brain to bleed.

  5. Don Bacon:

    We're seeing that our junior enlisted, because they're married, have to go on food stamps or [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] and I think that's a travesty, i hope in the next Congress I can be part of the team and work with [House Armed Services Committee ranking member] Mike Rogers to build that consensus. We have to adjust our enlisted pay because if pay is not keeping up with our junior ranks they're going to get out right away or just not get in.

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