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major

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adjective ma·jor \ˈmā-jər\

Definition of major

  1. 1 :  greater in dignity, rank, importance, or interest one of the major poets

  2. 2 :  greater in number, quantity, or extent the major part of his work

  3. 3 :  of full legal age major children

  4. 4a :  notable or conspicuous in effect or scope :  considerable a major improvementb :  prominent or significant in size, amount, or degree earned some major cash

  5. 5 :  involving grave risk :  serious a major illness

  6. 6 :  of or relating to a subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization The student's major field is geology.

  7. 7a :  having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees major scaleb :  based on a major scale major keyc :  equivalent to the distance between the keynote and another tone (except the fourth and fifth) of a major scale major thirdd :  having a major third above the root major triad

Examples of major in a sentence

  1. He's one of the major figures in 19th-century U.S. history.

  2. Researchers have announced a major advance in the treatment of cancer.

  3. She played a major role in the negotiations.

  4. No major changes are expected.

  5. The grant covered a major part of the cost.

  6. Butter is one of the major ingredients in the recipe.

  7. None of his health problems are major.

  8. He suffered a major heart attack.

Origin and Etymology of major

Middle English maiour, from Latin major, comparative of magnus great, large — more at much


First Known Use: 15th century


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major

noun ma·jor

Definition of major

  1. 1 :  a person who has attained majority

  2. 2a :  one that is superior in rank, importance, size, or performance economic power of the oil majorsb :  a major musical interval, scale, key, or mode

  3. 3 :  a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel

  4. 4a :  an academic subject chosen as a field of specializationb :  a student specializing in such a field a history major

  5. 5 majors plural :  major league baseball —used with the

  6. 6 :  any of several high-level tournaments in professional golf

Examples of major in a sentence

  1. He chose history as his major and French as his minor.

  2. What was your major in college?

  3. In college, he was a history major.

  4. a club for physics majors

Origin and Etymology of major

see 1major


First Known Use: 1616


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major

verb ma·jor

Definition of major

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to pursue an academic major majored in English

Origin and Etymology of major

see 1major


First Known Use: 1913


Major

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biographical name Ma·jor \ˈmā-jər\

Definition of Major

  1. Sir John 1943–     British prime minister (1990–97)



MAJOR Defined for English Language Learners

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major

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adjective ma·jor \ˈmā-jər\

Definition of major for English Language Learners

  • : very important

  • : large in number, amount, or extent

  • : very serious or bad


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noun ma·jor

Definition of major for English Language Learners

  • : a military officer in the army, air force, or marines who ranks above a captain

  • : the main subject studied by a college or university student

  • : a student who has a specified main subject of study


MAJOR Defined for Kids

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major

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adjective ma·jor \ˈmā-jər\

Definition of major for Students

  1. 1 :  great or greater in number, quantity, rank, or importance A new car is a major expense.

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a musical scale of eight notes with half steps between the third and fourth and between the seventh and eighth notes and with whole steps between all the others


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noun ma·jor

Definition of major for Students

  1. :  a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a captain


Medical Dictionary

major

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adjective ma·jor \ˈmā-jər\

Medical Definition of major

  1. :  involving grave risk :  serious a major illness a major surgical procedure—compare minor


Law Dictionary

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noun ma·jor

Legal Definition of major

  1. :  a person who has attained majority — compare minor



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