Junior vs Intermediate - What's the difference?

junior | intermediate |

As nouns the difference between junior and intermediate

is that junior is junior (especially a junior sportsman) while intermediate is anything in an intermediate position.

As an adjective intermediate is

being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.

As a verb intermediate is

to mediate, to be an intermediate.



Alternative forms

* juniour (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • (not comparable, often, preceded by a possessive adjective or a possessive form of a noun) Younger.
  • * 1939 , "Uncle Fred in the Springtime":
  • The last man I met who was at school with me, though some years my junior, had a long white beard and no teeth.
  • (not comparable) Of or pertaining to a third academic year in a four-year high school (eleventh grade) or university.
  • (comparable) Low in rank; having a subordinate role, job, or situation.
  • Belonging to a younger person, or an earlier time of life.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • Our first studies and junior endeavours.


    (en noun)
  • A younger person.
  • four years his junior
  • * (Angela Brazil)
  • Miss Mitchell would certainly be most relieved to have a monitress who was capable of organising the juniors at games.
  • A third-year student at a high school or university.
  • A name suffix used after a son's name when his father has the same name. Abbreviation:
  • Antonyms

    * senior




    (en adjective)
  • Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range.
  • {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , which covered his belly to the navel and gave it the air of a flesh brush; and soon I felt it joining close to mine, when he had drove the nail up to the head, and left no partition but the intermediate hair on both sides.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure.}}


    * See also


    (en noun)
  • Anything in an intermediate position.
  • An intermediary.
  • (chemistry) Any substance formed as part of a series of chemical reactions that is not the end-product.
  • Verb

  • to mediate, to be an intermediate
  • to arrange, in the manner of a broker
  • Central banks need to regulate the entities that intermediate monetary transactions.

    Derived terms

    * intermediation *