Origin of junior

First recorded in 1520–30, junior is from the Latin word jūnior younger
Related formspre·jun·ior, adjectivesub·jun·ior, adjective
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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

C17: from Latin: younger, from juvenis young



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
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Word Origin and History for junior

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.).

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