junior Definition

  • 1used to describe the younger of two people, especially with the same name
  • 2relating to or suitable for younger people, usually between the ages of 8 and 12
  • 3low or lower in rank or status

Using junior: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "junior" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    John Smith Junior is the son of John Smith Senior.

  • Example

    The junior team won the championship.

  • Example

    She is a junior partner at the law firm.

  • Example

    He was promoted from junior to senior manager.

junior Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using junior

  • the person in a business partnership who has less authority or experience than the other partner(s)


    He was the junior partner in the law firm.

  • a junior league

    a group or organization for young people, often focused on volunteer work or community service


    She volunteers with the junior league in her town.

  • a person who is new to a group or organization, or who has less experience or authority than other members


    He was a junior member of the research team.

Phrases with junior

  • a school for children in the US that usually includes grades seven, eight, and nine, corresponding to ages 12-15


    I went to junior high school in California.

  • a secondary sports team representing a school or club, composed of younger or less experienced players than the main team


    He played on the junior varsity basketball team last year.

  • a two-year college offering courses equivalent to those taken in the first two years of a four-year college or university


    She attended a junior college before transferring to a four-year university.

Origins of junior

from Latin 'juvenis', meaning 'young'


Summary: junior in Brief

The term 'junior' [ˈdʒuːniər] describes the younger of two people, often with the same name, or refers to things that are appropriate for younger people. It can also mean low or lower in rank or status, as in 'He was promoted from junior to senior manager.' 'Junior' extends into phrases like 'junior high school,' and idioms like 'the junior partner,' denoting less authority or experience.

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