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SENIOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does senior mean? 

SENIOR (noun)
  The noun SENIOR has 2 senses:

1. an undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation
2. a person who is older than you are

  Familiarity information: SENIOR used as a noun is rare.


SENIOR (adjective)
  The adjective SENIOR has 3 senses:

1. older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
2. used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college
3. advanced in years; ('aged' is pronounced as two syllables)

  Familiarity information: SENIOR used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SENIOR (noun)


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Meaning:

An undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("senior" is a kind of...):

undergrad; undergraduate (a university student who has not yet received a first degree)


Sense 2senior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who is older than you are

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

elder; senior

Hypernyms ("senior" is a kind of...):

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "senior"):

dean; doyen (a man who is the senior member of a group)

doyenne (a woman who is the senior member of a group)


SENIOR (adjective)


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Meaning:

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

Context example:

senior officer

Similar:

precedential (having precedence (especially because of longer service))

major (of the elder of two boys with the same family name)

elder; older; sr. (used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son)

higher-ranking; ranking; superior (having a higher rank)

Also:

old ((used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age)

Attribute:

higher rank; higher status; senior status; seniority (higher rank than that of others especially by reason of longer service)

Antonym:

junior (younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service)


Sense 2senior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

fourth-year; senior

Context example:

the senior prom

Similar:

last (coming after all others in time or space or degree or being the only one remaining)


Sense 3senior [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

older; elderly; aged; senior

Context examples:

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

Similar:

old ((used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age)


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