• Junior


    • Rhymes: -uːniə(r)

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    From Latin junior, contr. of juvenior, compar. of iuvenis ("young"); see juvenile.

    Full definition of junior



    1. (not comparable, often preceded by a possessive adjective or a possessive form of a noun) Younger.
      • 1939 P. G. Wodehouse, "Uncle Fred in the Springtime":The last man I met who was at school with me, though some years my junior, had a long white beard and no teeth.
    2. (not comparable) Of or pertaining to a third academic year in a four-year high school (eleventh grade) or university.
    3. (comparable) Low in rank; having a subordinate role, job, or situation.
    4. Belonging to a younger person, or an earlier time of life.
      • Sir Thomas BrowneOur first studies and junior endeavours.

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    Terms etymologically related to junior



    (plural juniors)
    1. A younger person.four years his junior
    2. A third-year student at a high school or university.
    3. A name suffix used after a son's name when his father has the same name. Abbreviation: Jr.


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