German from Middle High German junchērrepage, squirefrom Old High German junchērrojuncyoungyeu- in Indo-European roots hērrolordHerr
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From German, a contraction of jung herr (“young noble”); compare English young and herre; also younker.
Junker Sentence Examples
In the years immediately preceding the war we have to chronicle first a great advance in our knowledge of the beginnings of Egyptian history, owing mainly to the excavations of Prof. Flinders Petrie at Tarkhan 1 and of the German, Prof. Junker (working for Austria), at Tura.
Wilhelm Junker about the same period also explored the southern tributaries of the Ghazal.
Junker, who described them as "well proportioned, though the oval-shaped head seemed somewhat too large for the size of the body."
He is also identified with the devil; thus, in accordance with old German tradition, he is dressed as a nobleman (ein edler Junker), all in red, with a little cape of stiff silk, a cock's feather in his hat, and a long pointed sword; at the witches' Sabbath on the Brocken he is hailed as "the knight with the horse's hoof," and Sybel in Auerbach's Keller is not too drunk not to notice that he limps.
Dr David adds that Junker may undoubtedly claim to be the discoverer of the okapi, for, as stated on p. 299 of the third volume of the original German edition of his Travels, he saw in 1878 or 1879 in the Nepo district a portion of the skin with the characteristic black and white stripes.