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Definition higher in rank than others — especially by reason of longer service
  • She has seniority, so she's unlikely to be affected by the layoffs.
  • He wait until I confront them on it ... then he wanna come crying seniority.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • seniority = higher in rank than others — especially by reason of longer service
  • Then this panel agrees who those men will be, based on seniority and union rules.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "Then I have seniority," he told me, "for I am Oberon's prisoner."
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • I'd like to keep men here sometimes instead of sending them back, but she has seniority.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • I have shown that in democratic armies, and in time of peace, the rule of seniority is the supreme and inflexible law of advancement.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • His age gives him seniority, and his manipulations gain him either fear or respect from a surprising number of others.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I know you asked for it off, but Midge has seniority.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • "Well, just so there're no problems, I've got seniority on you, so I get the bathroom first, deal?"
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Mortati had waited patiently at the main altar as each cardinal, in order of seniority, had approached and performed the specific balloting procedure.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Bunking will be arranged by seniority.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • All evolutionary disadvantages, I know, but it's a law at the Workshop that only nonengineered humans can attain certain levels of seniority.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Rufus Hastings has challenged Bartholomew Velasquez for the seniority and leadership of the New York pack.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He took the first of the empty stools and the eight other egwugwu began to sit in order of seniority after him.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Surely, any doctor or nurse on the hospital's seniority list had gotten off for the night.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Poor tyrannical Rachel keeps trying to build a big-sister career upon a slim sixteen-month seniority, insisting that we respect her as our elder.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • We lined up in order of seniority, so of course I was dead last.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • Because of her seniority it was always my turn when it was slow, so I got up and went over to see what they needed.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • For another thing, there was the simple matter of what I construed to be Nathan's overwhelming seniority.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Sensitive to Adams's seniority and his importance in Congress—and possibly to Adams's vanity— Jefferson was consistently deferential to him.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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