- older or elder (designating the older of two men bearing the same name, as a father whose son is named after him, often written as Sr. or sr. following the name): I'd like to speak with the senior Mr. Hansen, please. I'm privileged to introduce Mr. Edward Andrew Hansen, Sr.Compare junior(def 1).
- of earlier appointment or admission, as to an office, status, or rank: a senior partner.
- of higher or the highest rank or standing.
- (in American schools, colleges, and universities) of or relating to students in their final year or to their class.
- (in certain American colleges and universities) of or relating to the final two years of education, during which a student specializes in a certain field of study.
- of, for, or pertaining to a senior citizen or senior citizens as a group: senior discounts on local bus fares.
- of earlier date; prior to: His appointment is senior to mine by a year.
- Finance. having a claim on payments, assets, dividends, or the like prior to other creditors, mortgages, stockholders, etc.
- a person who is older than another.
- a person of higher rank or standing than another, especially by virtue of longer service.
- (in the U.S.) a student in the final year at a high school, preparatory school, college, or university.
- a fellow holding senior rank in a college at an English university.
- a senior citizen.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Girl Scouts from 14 through 17 years of age.
Origin of senior
Examples from the Web for senior
Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President of the Fortune Society, gave a tour along with a few residents.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
“Clean as a whistle,” says a senior investigator involved in the case.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
E.J. Graff, senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, is the author of What Is Marriage For?The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
Adam Thierer is a senior research fellow with the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.Why Do ‘Progressives’ Want to Ban Uber and AirBnB?
Adam Thierer, Christopher Koopman
December 30, 2014
A senior Iranian official in Pakistan later confirmed the strike took place, declining to elaborate.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Two or three probationers had been sent to help cleanup, and a senior nurse.
Even Miss Grange, now reduced to second place, remonstrated with her senior.
The senior partner was regarding the rebel with grave-eyed reproach.American Notes
Also Ben Lockwood attended—Blinky's first cousin and senior.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
I should like to have polished off that Pierce senior as he deserves.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- higher in rank or length of service
- older in yearssenior citizens
- of or relating to adulthood, maturity, or old agesenior privileges
- of, relating to, or designating more advanced or older pupils
- of or relating to a secondary school
- US of, relating to, or designating students in the fourth and final year at college
- a senior person
- an elderly person
- a senior pupil, student, etc
- a fellow of senior rank in an English university
- mainly US being the older: used to distinguish the father from the son with the same first name or namesCharles Parker, Senior Abbreviation: Sr, Sen
Word Origin and History for senior
late 13c., from Latin senior "older," comparative of senex (genitive senis) "old," from PIE root *sen- "old" (see senile). Original use in English was as an addition to a personal name indicating "the father" when father and son had the same name; meaning "higher in rank, longer in service" first recorded 1510s.
The Latin word yielded titles of respect in many languages, cf. French sire, Spanish señor, Portuguese senhor, Italian signor. Senior citizen first recorded 1938, American English.
mid-14c., "person of authority;" late 14c., "person older than another," from senior (adj.). Sense of "fourth-year student" is from 1741, from earlier general sense of "advanced student" (1610s).