junior

Use the word junior to describe things that are intended for young people, like the junior chess tournament for elementary school kids or the junior department in a clothing store, with kid-sized sweaters and jeans.

Junior is used to mean "younger," so you might describe your cousin as being six years your junior. It also means "lower in rank," so new representatives in Congress are often called "junior members," and workers are described as junior to others higher in the company hierarchy. As a noun, a junior is in the third year of high school or college, and if you share your dad's name, he is Julio Smith and you are Julio Smith, Junior.

Definitions of junior
  1. adjective
    including or intended for youthful persons
    “a junior sports league”
    junior fashions”
    Synonyms:
    immature, young
    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
  2. adjective
    younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
    Synonyms:
    immature, young
    (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth
    junior-grade, lower-ranking, lowly, petty, secondary, subaltern
    inferior in rank or status
    minor
    of the younger of two boys with the same family name
    jr., younger
    used of the younger of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a son from his father
    subordinate
    subject or submissive to authority or the control of another
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    Antonyms:
    senior
    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
    old
    (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age
    elder, older, sr.
    used of the older of two persons of the same name especially used to distinguish a father from his son
    major
    of the elder of two boys with the same family name
    precedential
    having precedence (especially because of longer service)
    higher-ranking, ranking, superior
    having a higher rank
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  3. adjective
    used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college
    “the junior class”
    synonyms: next-to-last, third-year
    intermediate
    lying between two extremes in time or space or state
  4. noun
    the younger of two persons
    “she is two years my junior
  5. noun
    a third-year undergraduate
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    type of:
    lowerclassman, underclassman
    an undergraduate who is not yet a senior
  6. noun
    term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male
    “look here, junior, it's none of your business”
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    type of:
    arriviste, nouveau-riche, parvenu, upstart
    a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
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