Definition of seniority in English:

seniority

noun

  • 1The fact or state of being older or higher in rank or status than someone else.

    ‘26 archbishops and bishops in order of seniority’
    • ‘Once West Pointers achieved sufficient seniority, they commanded in all of America's wars save one.’
    • ‘I concede that seniority should not be the sole criterion.’
    • ‘Staff appointments followed in relentless sequence as he inched his way up the ladder of seniority.’
    • ‘Both of you understand that your power relations are not measured by seniority or salary.’
    • ‘Our specialist team of consultants recruit at all degrees of seniority, from newly-qualified to partner level.’
    • ‘Under the old agreement, pensions ceased to increase in value beyond 30 years of seniority.’
    • ‘Donations fall by $39 for each year of seniority.’
    • ‘Workers with decades of seniority are being excessed, required to take physically demanding jobs or forced into early retirement.’
    • ‘Our filial relationships, ruled by generational authority and following a pecking order based on seniority, are very Chinese, too.’
    • ‘An additional week of vacation will be given to workers with over 30 years of seniority.’
    • ‘Seniority is determined by the date a person begins work at Iowa State, not the date he or she begins a certain job.’
    • ‘There ought to be a proper sequence according to seniority.’
    • ‘Correspondingly a mother's sister is literally called "small mother" or "big mother" depending on their seniority.’
    • ‘The Standing Orders suggest that members from a party should be called in order of their seniority.’
    • ‘Advancement by seniority resulted in painfully slow promotion, which resulted in officers overage in grade.’
    • ‘Union negotiators had been seeking a guaranteed 40-hour workweek and job assignments based on seniority.’
    • ‘We have people in authority who were promoted based on seniority, not ability.’
    • ‘In the ladies division seniority continued to prevail over youth.’
    • ‘He has an admirable faith in technology, unlike many others of his seniority in the Indian Police.’
    • ‘Seniority amongst peers was often broken down into a matter of months, weeks, or even days.’
    rank, standing, primacy, superiority, precedence, priority, longer service, age
    greater age, higher rank
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  • 2A privileged position earned by reason of longer service or higher rank.

    ‘pay and benefits rise with seniority’
    • ‘Walter Mondale doesn't need his seniority from the past to become an important, effective representative of the state of Minnesota.’
    • ‘Less attentive listeners may have made the easy mistake that he was impugning Dr Luke's reputableness or his seniority.’
    • ‘The major is elected by uncontrolled vote of the captains, and the Colonel is promoted automatically by seniority from the lieutenant-colonels.’
    • ‘Then, he managed to drop the fact that he has more seniority than the current chairman of the Labor-Health Appropriations Subcommittee.’
    • ‘Attitudes are learnt through observation of those in relative power or seniority.’
    • ‘They will also enjoy a right of seniority in the different public departments in which they work.’
    • ‘You don't get to his level of seniority at the age of 42 without playing hard ball.’
    • ‘There has also been an expectation among senior civil servants that merit allied to seniority, rather than party loyalty, should determine promotion.’
    • ‘Your importance can usually be gauged by the seniority of the aide assigned to you or your group.’
    • ‘Promotion in the service must be on the basis of merit, not seniority.’
    • ‘In both Congress and state legislatures, positions of power and leadership are based on seniority within the institution.’
    • ‘Afterwards he was awarded six months additional seniority for meritorious war service.’
    • ‘And as you know full well, the Senate is a creature of seniority.’
    • ‘Given the seniority of those appointed, the chances are they can cope with a bit of envy.’
    • ‘Do not be intimidated by his seniority or his future in-law status.’
    • ‘Advancement in the medical field is by seniority.’
    • ‘This hobbles seniority, which has been the traditional path to power.’
    • ‘A derogatory reference to her seniority wedges itself into most recollections of those two weeks in the jungle.’
    • ‘Thank you, Mr Chairperson, for acknowledging seniority.’
    • ‘The diversity competence characteristics would be applied to each post, with different levels of requirements according to the nature and seniority of posts.’

Pronunciation:

seniority

/siːnɪˈɒrɪti/