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"senior" in British English

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senioradjective

uk   /ˈsiː.ni.ər/  us   /-njɚ/
  • senior adjective (HIGH RANK)

B2 high or ​higher in ​rank: senior ​management a senior ​governmentminister She's senior to me, so I have to do what she ​tells me. older and more ​experienced than the other ​members of a ​team: The Dragons ​headcoachpraised his senior ​players in the 23-16 ​win.

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  • senior adjective (OLDER)

B2 [before noun] older: The more senior ​students are given some ​extraresponsibilities.
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(UK written abbreviation Snr, US written abbreviation Sr.) used after a man's ​name to refer to the ​older of two ​people in the same ​family who have the same ​name: Hello, may I ​speak to Ken Griffey senior, ​please?

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seniornoun

uk   /ˈsiː.ni.ər/  us   /-njɚ/
  • senior noun (OLDER)

20, 30, etc. years sb's senior 20, 30, etc. ​yearsolder than someone: She ​married a man 20 ​years her senior. She's my senior by three ​years (= she is three ​yearsolder than me). [C] US (UK senior citizen) an ​oldperson: Seniors are ​entitled to a ​reduction of around 10%. [C] US a ​student in ​theirfinalyear of high ​school or ​university
(Definition of senior from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"senior" in American English

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senioradjective

 us   /ˈsin·jər/
  • senior adjective (MORE ADVANCED)

more ​advanced, or ​higher in ​rank: Senior ​officialsdenied that a ​problemexists.
  • senior adjective (OLDER)

older: The senior Griffey ​played on the same ​baseballteam as his ​son, Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • senior adjective (OF SCHOOL)

[not gradable] relating to the fourth and ​finalyear of ​college or high ​school: Alanna’s in her senior ​year of high ​school.

seniornoun

 us   /ˈsin·jər/
  • senior noun (SCHOOL)

[C] a ​student in the fourth and ​finalyear of a ​program of ​study in a ​college, ​university, or high ​school (= a ​school for ​students 15 to 18 ​yearsold)
  • senior noun (OLDER PERSON)

[U] a ​person who is ​older than another ​person: She ​married a man ​almost 40 ​years her senior (= ​almost 40 ​yearsolder).
(Definition of senior from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"Senior" in Business English

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Senioradjective

uk   /ˈsiːniər/  us   /ˈsiːnjər/ ( UK abbreviation Snr, US abbreviation Sr.)
used after a man's ​name to refer to the older of two ​people in the same family who have the same ​name: John Brown Sr.

senioradjective

uk   us   /ˈsiːniər/
used to describe someone in a high ​rank, or in a ​higherrank in relation to others, in an ​organization: a senior ​manager senior ​governmentministers a senior ​partnersenior to sb He's senior to the other ​members of ​staff.
[before noun] used to describe ​loans, ​bonds, etc. that will be ​paid back before other ​loans, etc. if the ​personborrowing the ​money gets into ​financial difficulty: There are $21.25 million senior ​bonds and $1.5 million ​subordinatebonds.

seniornoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈsiːniər/
someone in a high ​rank, or in a ​higherrank in relation to others, in an ​organization: You'll need to impress your seniors if you wish to be ​offered a ​permanentposition.
→  senior citizen : Admission: $6 adults; $4 seniors, ​students and children.
(Definition of Senior from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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