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[seen-yawr-i-tee, -yor-] /sinˈyɔr ɪ ti, -ˈyɒr-/
noun, plural seniorities for 2.
the state of being senior; priority of birth; superior age.
priority, precedence, or status obtained as the result of a person's length of service, as in a profession, trade, company, or union:
First choice of vacation time will be given to employees with seniority.
Origin of seniority
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin seniōritās, equivalent to Latin senior senior + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The 'horde,' then, in Herr Cunow's opinion, was primarily divided into non-intermarrying persons of three stages of seniority.

  • They rose and left silently in the order of their seniority.

    The Adventurer Cyril M. Kornbluth
  • Contrary to the usual custom, Clive spoke first, the others following according to seniority.

    Rulers of India: Lord Clive George Bruce Malleson
  • Deals in order of seniority with two of the hills on which Prague stands.

    From a Terrace in Prague Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
  • Were tied up to seniority, form, and rotten old traditions, which simply choke good fellows off.

    John Brown Captain R. W. Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for seniority


noun (pl) -ties
the state of being senior
precedence in rank, etc, due to senior status
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Word Origin and History for seniority

"priority on office or service," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin senioritas, from Latin senior (see senior (adj.)). Meaning "state or quality of being senior" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seniority in Culture

seniority definition

Length of service on a job. Seniority may be considered in making decisions about wages, layoffs, and other working conditions.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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