major order


Definition of major order

: one of the Roman Catholic or Eastern clerical orders that are sacramentally conferred and have a sacred character that implies major religious obligations (such as clerical celibacy) usually used in plural — compare minor order

Examples of major order in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last major order of business is signing Ingram, a restricted free agent, to a long-term deal. Christian Clark,, 23 Nov. 2020 Boeing reported more cancellations than new orders in 2019, in large part because a major order from India’s Jet Airways almost certainly vanished when the airline went bankrupt. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2020 Aviation analysts, however, expressed skepticism that Lion Air could alter a major order, which typically involve deposits and include penalty clauses for canceling. Ben Otto, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2018 The deal remakes the global aerospace landscape by putting Airbus’s global muscle behind the C Series, for which Bombardier hasn’t won a major order in 18 months. Brendan Case,, 17 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'major order.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of major order

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About major order

Time Traveler for major order

Time Traveler

The first known use of major order was circa 1741

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near major order

major on

major order

major party

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for major order

Cite this Entry

“Major order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!