Meaning of “junior” in the English Dictionary

"junior" in English

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uk /ˈdʒuː.ni.ər/ us /ˈdʒuː.njɚ/

junior noun (STUDENT)

[ C ] UK a student at a junior school

the juniors UK

→  junior school :

Lewis has just moved up to the juniors.

[ C ] US a student in the third year of a course that lasts for four years at a school or college

junior noun (YOUNGER)

[ C ] a young person below a particular age who is involved in an activity, especially sport:

Saturday morning sessions are for juniors only.
three, eight, etc. years sb's junior

C2 three, eight, etc. years younger than someone:

My brother is five years my junior.
My sister is my junior by three years (= three years younger than me).


uk /ˈdʒuː.ni.ər/ us /ˈdʒuː.njɚ/

junior adjective (LOW RANK)

B2 low or lower in rank:

I object to being told what to do by someone junior to me.
a junior doctor/partner

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junior adjective (YOUNGER)

B2 connected with or involving young people below a particular age:

junior orchestra
Junior members are not permitted to compete.

UK written abbreviation Jnr, US written abbreviation Jr. used after a man's name to refer to the younger of two men in the same family who have the same name:

Sammy Davis, Jr.

(Definition of “junior” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"junior" in American English

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us /ˈdʒun·jər/

junior adjective (LESS ADVANCED)

less advanced, or lower in rank:

the junior varsity
Alfredo is a junior partner in the law firm.

junior adjective (YOUNGER)

[ not gradable ] younger:

He was born in April, so he’s three months my junior (= he is three months younger).

juniornoun [ C ]

us /ˈdʒun·jər/

junior noun [ C ] (SCHOOL)

a student in the third year of a program of study in a college, university, or high school (= a school for students aged 14 to 18)

(Definition of “junior” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"junior" in Business English

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uk /ˈdʒuːniər/ us

WORKPLACE used to describe someone of a low rank, or of a lower rank in relation to others, in an organization:

junior role/position
junior ministers/senators
junior to sb They promoted a man who was junior to me and made him my boss.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a junior stock market is one in which shares of smaller or less known companies are traded:

The investment company is planning to raise £370 million through a flotation on AIM, London's junior exchange.

juniornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒuːniər/ us WORKPLACE

an employee of a low rank, or a lower rank in relation to others:

Directors' rewards have increased exponentially compared with those of their juniors.

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(Definition of “junior” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)