What does senior mean?

Definitions for senior
ˈsin yərse·nior

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word senior.

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.


  1. senior

    A senior generally refers to an individual who is at a higher position, more advanced stage, or older age than others. This term can be used in various contexts such as to denote an older person (usually over the age of 65 in societal terms); someone in the last year of high school or college; or someone who is more experienced in a professional context. In a familial context, it can also refer to the older or eldest member.

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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Senior is ranked #8518 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Senior surname appeared 3,864 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Senior.

    53.7% or 2,077 total occurrences were White.
    36.1% or 1,398 total occurrences were Black.
    7.5% or 291 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 83 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.2% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.1% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  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. Gary Bettman:

    Today’s fine represents a direct and necessary response to the failure of the club to follow up and address the 2010 incident in a timely and appropriate manner, the report makes clear that senior management’s handling of the alleged incident included a failure to report the matter to Chicago ownership, both as to what was alleged and how it was being handled. Bowman said he was stepping aside because he didn’t want to be a distraction for the team.

  2. Ramirez Martiarena:

    The newly appointed members of our Senior Leadership Team bring a range of seniority, experience, business acumen and specific market knowledge that will strengthen our decision-making process and facilitate the pursuit of our strategic goals and ambitions.

  3. Donald Trump:

    A senior executive at Clinton Foundation left almost 150 telephone messages for Hillary Clinton’s top aide at State Department within a two-year time frame, according to previously unpublished documents obtained by Fox News. A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Bill Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton’s four-year tenure as America’s top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham – then the Clinton Foundation’s chief operating officer – between 2010 and 2012. No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found.

  4. 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.

  5. Penn State University:

    Terms such as ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ are parallel to western male father-son naming conventions, and much of our written documentation uses he/she pronouns. the Faculty Senate’s decision pertains only to changes to course and program descriptions, which are within the purview of the Faculty Senate.

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