- the state of being senior; priority of birth; superior age.
- priority, precedence, or status obtained as the result of a person's length of service, as in a profession, trade, company, or union: First choice of vacation time will be given to employees with seniority.
Origin of seniority
Examples from the Web for seniority
As long as seniority reigns among teachers,” Klein writes, “we will fail.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Vogel spins a story of a political culture becoming slowly unbound by previous constraints like party loyalty or seniority.Is Big Money Politics an Overblown Evil?
August 2, 2014
Power in Washington was dictated by seniority for generations.Voters Hate Seniors More Than Crooks; Can Thad Cochran Survive That?
June 24, 2014
And third, a “last-in, first-out” law gives priority to seniority over success in times of teacher layoffs.Vergara v. California: The Most Important Court Case You’ve Never Heard Of
May 29, 2014
Of the three candidates, Miller has the most seniority on the House intelligence committee.Republicans Begin Campaign For Next House Intel Chair
March 29, 2014
They rose and left silently in the order of their seniority.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Deals in order of seniority with two of the hills on which Prague stands.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
"He's not as susceptible as he looks," Rose pronounced from her vantage-point of seniority.Quin
Alice Hegan Rice
Seniority on the father's side gives excess of male offspring.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
His age and seniority of settlement, also entitled him to it.Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather
Charles W. Upham
- the state of being senior
- precedence in rank, etc, due to senior status
Word Origin and History for seniority
"priority on office or service," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin senioritas, from Latin senior (see senior (adj.)). Meaning "state or quality of being senior" is from 1530s.