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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lord noted, for example, that the run-up in Tesla stock Monday, after a major order of Teslas from Hertz, increased Musk’s wealth by roughly $37 billion — more than what the IRS collects in estate and gift tax revenue from the entire country in one year. Haleluya Hadero, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 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

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of major order was circa 1741

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Cite this Entry

“Major order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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