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seniority

Seniority refers to being ranked higher in an organization since you have been there longer. Who has seniority in a high school? The seniors of course!

You know how older people are called senior citizens or seniors? That should help you remember what seniority is: the longer someone stays within an organization, the more they have of it. A new worker has hardly any seniority. Someone working at a job for 20 years has a lot of seniority. Having seniority is like having a higher rank or status.

Definitions of seniority
  1. noun
    higher rank than that of others especially by reason of longer service
    synonyms: higher rank, higher status, senior status
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    type of:
    high status
    a position of superior status
  2. noun
    the property of being long-lived
    synonyms: longevity
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    type of:
    oldness
    the opposite of youngness
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