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A Japanese honorific used when someone is older than you in age or they have more experience in a field than you. The opposite being Kouhai

It is usually a troup in anime or manga for a Kouhai to desperately seek their Senpai's attention but fails as because their senpai ignores them continuously.
"Kumagi-senpai was really nice to me today. He even offered me to go drinking with him after work!"
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(Japanese)An Upperclassman. Used in relation to fellow classmates of higher level or age. It can be used like -chan or -san as well as by itseld. I.E.: "Urameshi-senpai" or just "senpai"
"Sempai! You're going to be later for class!"
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In Japan, senpai (先輩) is a mentor or senior. "Senpai" is roughly equivalent to the Western concept of a mentor, though it does not imply as strong a relationship as these words mean in the West, and the term is used more widely and with greater "give" then the western equivalent term. More simply, it can be translated as "Senior" or "Elder"
"I wonder if senpai is going to teach me that new fighting technique today?"
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In Japan, senpai (先輩 ?) is a mentor or senior and kōhai (後輩 ?) is a protégé or junior. The mentor system is found at all levels of education, and in sports clubs, businesses, and informal or social organizations.
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It originates from anime and manga. It's someone older than you. Someone you look up to. If they give the slightest attention to you, you sort of explode. They are just really admired by you and if you are a senpai, bask in it!
"Senpai actually said hi to me today!"
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