- Senior is defined as a man who has a son with the same first and middle name, a person with a higher status, or someone who has been doing something longer than others.
- An example of senior is a man named John Michael Davis who's son is also named John Michael Davis.
- An example of senior is an accountant who's been at the same company for twenty years.
- The definition of a senior is a person in the last year of high school or college, or an elderly person, or someone who is older than others.
- An example of a senior is a girl who's about to graduate from high school.
- An example of a senior is an eighty-five year old man.
- An example of a senior is a thirty year old woman in a room with all fifteen year olds.
- of the greater age; older: written Sr. after the name of a father whose son has been given exactly the same name
- of higher rank or standing, or longer in service
- of or for seniors in a high school or college
- of or for senior citizens: a senior center next to city hall
- of or for competition among older athletes, often, specif., among older professional athletes: a senior tennis circuit
Origin of seniorMiddle English from Classical Latin senior, comparative of senex, old: see senate
- a person older than another or others
- a person of greater rank, standing, or length of service
- a student in the twelfth grade in high school
- a student in the final year of an undergraduate degree program
- senior citizen
- Abbr. Sr. Of or being the older of two, especially the older of two persons having the same name, as father and son.
- Of or relating to senior citizens.
- a. Being in a position, rank, or grade above others of the same set or class: a senior officer; the senior ship in the battle group.b. Having precedence in making certain decisions.
- Of or relating to the fourth and last year of high school or college: our senior class.
- Relating to or being a class of corporate debt that has priority with respect to interest and principal over other classes of debt and equity by the same issuer.
- a. A person who is older than another: She is eight years my senior.b. A senior citizen.
- a. One that is of a higher position, rank, or grade than another in the same set or class.b. A student in the fourth year of high school or college.
Origin of seniorMiddle English from Latin comparative of senex old ; see sen- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: The Oxford English Dictionary traces the use of senior in the sense of “an older person” to the 15th century. In contemporary American English, however, this sense of senior is generally taken to be a shortening of the more recent senior citizen, and those who object to the compound may object to the shorter term as well. However, as the OED makes clear, senior has always evoked the positive qualities of aging, including wisdom, dignity, and superior position, and it is less likely to sound condescending than the obviously coined term senior citizen. In any case, there is often no clear alternative to senior other than constructions such as older person or older adult. See Usage Note at elderly. See Usage Note at old.
(comparative more senior, superlative most seni)