Meaning of “senior” in the English Dictionary

"senior" in British English

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senioradjective

uk /ˈsiː.ni.ər/ us /ˈsiː.njɚ/

senior adjective (HIGH RANK)

B2 high or higher in rank:

senior management
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 head coach praised his senior players in the 23-16 win.

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seniornoun

uk /ˈsiː.ni.ər/ us /ˈsiː.njɚ/

(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 adjective (OLDER)

older:

The senior Griffey played on the same baseball team as his son, Ken Griffey, Jr.

senior adjective (OF SCHOOL)

[ not gradable ] relating to the fourth and final year 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 final year of a program of study in a college, university, or high school (= a school for students 15 to 18 years old)

senior noun (OLDER PERSON)

[ U ] a person who is older than another person:

She married a man almost 40 years her senior (= almost 40 years older).

(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 /ˈsiːniər/ us

used to describe someone in a high rank, or in a higher rank in relation to others, in an organization:

a senior manager
a senior partner
senior 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 person borrowing the money gets into financial difficulty:

There are $21.25 million senior bonds and $1.5 million subordinate bonds.

seniornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsiːniər/ us

someone in a high rank, or in a higher rank in relation to others, in an organization:

You'll need to impress your seniors if you wish to be offered a permanent position.

→  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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