Junior vs Novice - What's the difference?

junior | novice |

As nouns the difference between junior and novice

is that junior is junior (especially a junior sportsman) while novice is a beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject.



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 noun)
  • A beginner; one who is not very familiar or experienced in a particular subject.
  • I'm only a novice at coding, and my programs frequently have bugs that more experienced programmers wouldn't make.
  • (senseid)(religion) A new member of a religious order accepted on a conditional basis, prior to confirmation.
  • * 1983 , (Lawrence Durrell), Sebastian , Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), page 1137:
  • Nor had it been difficult to find a Coptic priest who, together with his youthful novice , chanted the seemingly interminable Egyptian service of the dead [...].


    * (person new to an activity) amateur, greenhorn, learner, neophyte, newbie, newling * See also