What does senior mean?

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ˈsin yərse·nior

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seniornoun

    an undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation

  2. elder, senioradjective

    a person who is older than you are

  3. senioradjective

    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service

    "senior officer"

  4. senior(a), fourth-yearadjective

    used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college

    "the senior prom"

  5. aged, elderly, older, senioradjective

    advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)

    "aged members of the society"; "elderly residents could remember the construction of the first skyscraper"; "senior citizen"


  1. seniornoun

    Someone seen as deserving respect or reverence because of their age.

  2. seniornoun

    An elder or presbyter in the early Church.

  3. seniornoun

    Someone older than someone else (with possessive).

    He was four years her senior.

  4. seniornoun

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

  5. senioradjective

    Older; superior

  6. senioradjective

    Higher in rank within a publicly traded company or other organization.

  7. senioradjective

    of or pertaining to a student's final academic year at a high school (twelfth grade) or university.

  8. Etymology: From senior, comparative form of senex; see senate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SENIORnoun

    Etymology: senior, Latin.

    How can you admit your seniors to the examination or allowing of them, not only being inferior in office and calling, but in gifts also? John Whitgift.

    A senior of the place replies,
    Well read, and curious of antiquities. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Senioradjective

    more advanced than another in age; prior in age; elder; hence, more advanced in dignity, rank, or office; superior; as, senior member; senior counsel

  2. Senioradjective

    belonging to the final year of the regular course in American colleges, or in professional schools

  3. Seniornoun

    a person who is older than another; one more advanced in life

  4. Seniornoun

    one older in office, or whose entrance upon office was anterior to that of another; one prior in grade

  5. Seniornoun

    an aged person; an older

  6. Seniornoun

    one in the fourth or final year of his collegiate course at an American college; -- originally called senior sophister; also, one in the last year of the course at a professional schools or at a seminary

  7. Etymology: [L. senior, compar. of senex, gen. senis, old. See Sir.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Senior

    sēn′yor, adj. elder: older in office.—n. one older than another, the elder of two persons in one family bearing the same name: one older in office: an aged person: one of the older fellows of a college, a student in the fourth year of the curriculum.—v.i. Sē′niorise, to lord it over.—n. Sēnior′ity, priority of birth, or of service: a body of seniors—also Sē′niory (Shak.). [L., comp. of senex.]

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'senior' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1210

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'senior' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2195

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'senior' in Adjectives Frequency: #150

Anagrams for senior »

  1. rosine

  2. soneri

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of senior in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of senior in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of senior in a Sentence

  1. Louis Gargour:

    The risk-reward in the subordinated part of the riskier Italian banks may be written down but the senior debt will perform.

  2. Robert Jordan:

    A lot of it was my own questioning, 'Are you sure? Have you made certain that none of the people we're dealing with now at the senior level had anything to do with these attacks or with supporting the terrorists who financed and orchestrated them?' And I was routinely and universally given the information that they felt comfortable at least at the senior level they hadn't.

  3. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    I expect the highest possible standards of conduct from the men and women in this department, particularly from those serving in the most senior positions, there is no exception.

  4. Tess Gooding:

    He turned 18 in the fall of his senior year, got drafted the spring of his senior year and he was supposed to graduate in May.

  5. Phil Neville:

    We actually spoke today and we actually both said that we don't speak to each other probably enough and exchange views, it's something that over the next six months I'd be foolish not to tap into his experience of what he's been through the last four years with the Under-21s and senior men, because he's been to European Championships, he's been to World Cups. He's been successful.

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