Definition of senior adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsiːniə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːniər//
    Old age, Job titles
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    of high rank
  1. 1  senior (to somebody) high in rank or status; higher in rank or status than others a senior officer/manager/lecturer a senior partner in a law firm a senior post/position I have ten years' experience at senior management level. (British English) Junior nurses usually work alongside more senior nurses. He is senior to me. The meeting should be chaired by the most senior person present. opposite junior See related entries: Job titles
  2. in sport
  3. 2  [only before noun] for adults or people at a more advanced level to take part in senior competitions He won the senior men's 400 metres.
  4. for older people
  5. 3[only before noun] for senior citizens (= older people, especially those who have retired from work) Get one third off rail fares with a senior railcard. senior discounts/concessions See related entries: Old age
  6. father
  7. 4Senior (abbreviation Snr, Sr) used after the name of a man who has the same name as his son, to avoid confusion compare junior
  8. school/college
  9. 5[only before noun] (British English) (of a school or part of a school) for children over the age of 11 or 13
  10. 6[only before noun] (North American English) connected with the last year in high school or college the senior prom
  11. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin, literally ‘older, older man’, comparative of senex, sen- ‘old man, old’.Extra examples She wasn’t senior enough to take such a decision. a meeting of all the very senior officers I have ten years’ experience at senior management level. I’m looking for a more senior position. She’s a senior lecturer at the university. The meeting should be chaired by the most senior person present. There have been large pay rises for the senior grades.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: senior