Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being the older of two, especially the older of two persons having the same name, as father and son.
  • adj. Of or relating to senior citizens. See Usage Note at old.
  • adj. Being in a position, rank, or grade above others of the same set or class: a senior officer; the senior ship in the battle group.
  • adj. Having precedence in making certain decisions.
  • adj. Of or relating to the fourth and last year of high school or college: our senior class.
  • n. A person who is older than another: She is eight years my senior.
  • n. A senior citizen.
  • n. One that is of a higher position, rank, or grade than another in the same set or class.
  • n. A student in the fourth year of high school or college.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Older; superior
  • adj. Higher in rank within a publicly traded company or other organization.
  • adj. of or pertaining to a student's final academic year at a high school (twelfth grade) or university.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. More advanced than another in age; prior in age; elder; hence, more advanced in dignity, rank, or office; superior.
  • adj. Belonging to the final year of the regular course in American colleges, or in professional schools.
  • n. A person who is older than another; one more advanced in life.
  • n. One older in office, or whose entrance upon office was anterior to that of another; one prior in grade.
  • n. An aged person; an older.
  • n. One in the fourth or final year of his collegiate course at an American college; -- originally called senior sophister; also, one in the last year of the course at a professional schools or at a seminary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Older; elder: when following a personal name, as John Smith, senior (usually abbreviated Sr. or Sen.), it denotes the older of two persons in one family or community of that name.
  • 2. Older in office or service: as, a senior judge, colonel, etc.
  • 3. Belonging or pertaining to the fourth or last year of the curriculum of an American college, seminary, or other institution: as, the senior class.
  • n. A person who is older than another; one more advanced in life; an elder.
  • n. One who is older in office or service, or whose first entrance upon such office or service was anterior to that of another.
  • n. 3. An aged person; one of the older inhabitants.
  • n. In the universities of England, one of the older fellows of a college. See seniority, 3.
  • n. In the United States, a student in the fourth year of the curriculum in colleges or seminaries; also, one in the last or most advanced year in certain professional schools; by extension, a student in the most advanced class in various institutions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an undergraduate student during the year preceding graduation
  • adj. older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
  • adj. advanced in years; (`aged' is pronounced as two syllables)
  • adj. used of the fourth and final year in United States high school or college
  • n. a person who is older than you are

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin, comparative of senex, old.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin senior ("older"), comparative form of senex ("old"); see senate. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • He battled the great Johnny Chu of Harvard for the title senior year.

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  • Steinlauf, who previously held the title senior vice president, oversees efforts of the company's award-winning ad sales and ad sales marketing teams.

  • Gena McCarthy, whose Discovery credits include Pitchmen, The Colony and Swamp Loggers, will have the title senior VP of reality and alternative programming at Lifetime Networks, reporting to exec VP JoAnn Alfano.

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  • Lai now has the title senior VP of television distribution (China & Korea) and business development (Asia).

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  • Butier, 38, was named finance chief and given the title senior vice president on Tuesday, when the company said CFO Daniel R. O'Bryant would resign June 1.

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  • Some 96 percent of current 50-year-olds don't consider themselves senior citizens and only slightly over half (56 percent) of 64-year-olds say the term senior citizen applies to them, according to a Del Webb and Harris Interactive survey released today.

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  • National City Corp., holds the title senior vice president and leads a six-member team based at Huntington's (Nasdaq: HBAN) regional headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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