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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Max crisis: Boeing airplane orders plunge to a 16-year low," 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, "Lion Air Co-Founder Considers Canceling Giant Boeing Order After Indonesia Crash," 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,, "Airbus to Buy Majority Stake in Bombardier C Series Jet Program," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of major order

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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“Major order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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