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A member of the Prussian landed aristocracy, a class formerly associated with political reaction and militarism.

[German, from Middle High German junchērre, page, squire, from Old High German junchērro : junc, young; see yeu- in Indo-European roots + hērro, lord; see Herr.]

Jun′ker·dom n.


n. Slang
A old car or truck in poor condition.
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1. (Historical Terms) history any of the aristocratic landowners of Prussia who were devoted to maintaining their identity and extensive social and political privileges
2. an arrogant, narrow-minded, and tyrannical German army officer or official
3. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a young German nobleman
[C16: from German, from Old High German junchērro young lord, from junc young + hērro master, lord]
ˈJunkerdom n
ˈJunkerism n
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(ˈdʒʌŋ kər)

n. Informal.
a car that is old or in bad enough repair to be scrapped.


(ˈyʊŋ kər)

1. a member of a politically conservative class of Prussian landowners who formerly dominated the government and army of Germany.
2. a German official or military officer who is narrow-minded and overbearing.
[1545–55; < German; Old High German junchērro=junc young + hērro Herr]
Jun′ker•dom, n.
Jun′ker•ism, n.
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Noun1.Junker - member of the Prussian aristocracy noted especially for militarism
Prussian - a German inhabitant of Prussia
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Our young man was a stiff conservative, a Junker of Junkers; he thought modern democracy a temporary phase and expected to find many arguments against it in the great Republic.
But the Baron and Baroness are members of an older generation, as well as Prussian Junkers and landowners.
Junker. Further investment in China has included a development center that not only acts as the headquarters for the eight plants in the country but also has an important role in design, calculation, component testing, engine testing, as well as electronics and chemical laboratories and metallography.
"We want to ensure that Alltel is optimally positioned in the marketplace for continued growth in the dynamic telecommunications industry," Junker said.
He wants to argue that the duel was an aristocratic ritual that proved irresistible to bourgeois arrivistes, who were consequently weaned from the humane and rational values of their class to grovel before the brutal Standesehre of jack-booted Junkers. He thus contests the anti-Sonderweg thesis in general and the recent work of Ute Frevert in particular, who has argued that the duel was a mode of social advance that was perfectly compatible with the ideals of middle-class Bildung.
With its stated preference for Junker candidates, the old guard made certain that educational requirements would not be an obstacle to admission to the corps.
The Dynamos started without their regular forward Morten Skuobo, nursing a thigh injury, and took Mads Junker and Alessandro del Piero to man their forward line.
This north German conversion to spirits (south Germans remained attached to their watery beer) seemed at first to be no more than a new, regional peculiarity created by enterprising Junker estate owners who had discovered another way of drawing profits from their grain and potato harvests and by rural laborers who viewed spirits as a quicker, cheaper, more portable way of getting alcohol into their bodies.
Dynamos showed more attacking intent in the first half and got their first chance in the ninth minute when Mads Junker penetrated the Pune defence and gave a through ball to Francis Fernandes, but the latter failed to trap it.
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Lyngby, not considered one of Denmark's strongest teams, scored further goals through Nigerian Ayeni Bosun, Mikkel Bo Jensen plus substitutes Tobias Grahn and Mads Junker.