Definition of seniority noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌsiːniˈɒrəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌsiːniˈɔːrəti//
    , NAmE//ˌsiːniˈɑːrəti//
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  1. 1the fact of being older or of a higher rank than others a position of seniority
  2. 2the rank that you have in a company because of the length of time you have worked there a lawyer with five years’ seniority Should promotion be based on merit or seniority?
  3. Extra examples On the death of the captain, the officer next in seniority assumed command. Promotion in the job was by seniority. She had seniority over three members of the department.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: seniority