- younger (designating the younger of two men bearing the same full name, as a son named after his father; often written as Jr. or jr. following the name): May I speak with the junior Mr. Hansen? Mr. Edward Andrew Hansen, Jr.Compare senior(def 1).
- of more recent appointment or admission, as to an office or status; of lower rank or standing: a junior partner.
- (in American universities, colleges, and schools) noting or pertaining to the class or year next below that of the senior.
- Finance. subordinate to preferred creditors, mortgagees, and the like.
- of later date; subsequent to: His appointment is junior to mine by six months.
- composed of younger members: The junior division of the camp went on the hike.
- being smaller than the usual size: The hotel has special weekend rates on junior suites.
- (of an iron or steel shape) relatively small, but rolled to a standard form.
- of, for, or designating clothing in sizes 3–15 or those who wear it: a junior dress; junior measurements; the junior department.
- a person who is younger than another.
- a person who is newer or of lower rank in an office, class, profession, etc.; subordinate.
- a student who is in the next to the final year of a course of study.
- Often juniors.
- a range of odd-numbered sizes, chiefly from 3 to 15, for garments that fit women and girls with shorter waists, narrower shoulders, and smaller bustlines than those of average build.
- the department or section of a store where garments in these sizes are sold.
- a garment in this size range.
- a woman or girl who wears garments in this size range.
- (initial capital letter) a member of the Girl Scouts from 9 through 11 years old.
- Informal. (often initial capital letter) a boy; youth; son: Ask junior to give you a hand with the packing.
Origin of junior
Examples from the Web for junior
Contemporary Examples of junior
And then I did teachers all throughout elementary school and junior high for my friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
You must now wear the same haircut & clothes you sported in junior high…forever.#FixTheInternet: The Hashtag That Beat Back Kim Kardashian’s Butt
November 14, 2014
Hand-picked recruits were invited to rural England for basic infantry and junior command training.Libyan Troops Go Wild in England
November 4, 2014
A year later, she enrolled in Dongguk University, where she is now a junior studying criminal justice.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
I was far and away the heaviest kid all through elementary school, junior high, and high school.Ron Perlman's Secret Suicide Attempt
October 28, 2014
Historical Examples of junior
Tell your people to inquire of Harry Kellogg, the junior partner.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
You stick to us in a devil of a manner,' Said Barnacle junior, looking over his shoulder.Little Dorrit
I am the junior partner, as you say, but have not been a partner long.
You certainly know he is junior partner in the establishment where you work?
The junior partner's eyelids dropped under that stolen glance.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- lower in rank or length of service; subordinate
- younger in yearsjunior citizens
- of or relating to youth or childhoodjunior pastimes
- British of or relating to schoolchildren between the ages of 7 and 11 approximately
- US of, relating to, or designating the third year of a four-year course at college or high school
- law (in England) any barrister below the rank of Queen's Counsel
- a junior person
- British a junior schoolchild
- US a junior student
Word Origin for junior
- being the younger: usually used after a name to distinguish the son from the father with the same first name or namesCharles Parker, Junior Abbreviation: Jnr, Jr, Jun, Junr
late 13c., from Latin iunior, comparative of iuvenis "young, young man" (see young). Used after a person's name to mean "the younger of two" from late 13c. Abbreviation Jr. is attested from 1620s. Meaning "of lesser standing, more recent" is from 1766. That of "meant for younger people, of smaller size" is from 1860. Junior college first attested 1896; junior high school is from 1909. Junior miss "young teenage girl" is from 1907.
The junior high school is rapidly becoming the people's high school. The percentage of pupils completing the ninth year is constantly rising where junior high schools have been established. [Anne Laura McGregor, "Supervised Study in English for Junior High School Grades," New York, 1921]
1520s, from junior (adj.).