Definition of Major

1. Noun. A commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain.

2. Verb. Have as one's principal field of study. "She is majoring in linguistics"
Generic synonyms: Study

3. Adjective. Of greater importance or stature or rank. "Major highways"
Similar to: Leading, Prima, Star, Starring, Stellar
Antonyms: Minor

4. Noun. British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943).

5. Adjective. Greater in scope or effect. "A major misunderstanding"
Antonyms: Minor

6. Noun. A university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject. "She is a linguistics major"
Generic synonyms: Educatee, Pupil, Student

7. Adjective. Greater in number or size or amount. "A major portion of the winnings"
Attributes: Bulk, Majority
Similar to: Better
Derivative terms: Majority, Majority
Antonyms: Minor

8. Noun. The principal field of study of a student at a university. "Her major is linguistics"

9. Adjective. Of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes. "His major field was mathematics"
Antonyms: Minor

10. Adjective. Of a scale or mode. "The key of D major"
Category relationships: Music
Antonyms: Minor

11. Adjective. Of greater seriousness or danger. "A major illness"
Antonyms: Minor

12. Adjective. Of full legal age.
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Majority
Antonyms: Minor

13. Adjective. Of the elder of two boys with the same family name. "Jones major"

Definition of Major

1. a. Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.

2. n. An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.

Definition of Major

1. Noun. a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel ¹

2. Adjective. of great significance or importance ¹

3. Adjective. (music) being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number ¹

4. Adjective. (music) containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic ¹

5. Adjective. (context: Canadian football) an alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score" ¹

6. Noun. the main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university ¹

7. Noun. a student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study ¹

8. Noun. a person of legal age ¹

9. Verb. to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university ¹

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Definition of Major

1. to pursue a specific principal course of study [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Major

1. Larger or greater in size of two similar structures. Origin: L. Comparative of magnus, great (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Major

major (current term)
major-league club
major-league team
major affective disorder
major agglutinin
major amblyoscope
major amputation
major arcana
major axes

Literary usage of Major

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science of Fingerprints: Classification and Uses (1988)
"Definition major case prints consist of recordings of all the friction ridge detail ... In addition, major case prints must include a fully rolled set of ..."

2. Dombey and Son. by Charles Dickens, Hablot Knight Browne (1848)
"The major paused in his eating, and looked mysteriously indignant. ... The major gave no answer but the horse's cough, and went on eating vigorously. ..."

3. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Thomas Pickering Pick (1897)
"By its superficial (posterior) surface, with the Trapezius ; by its deep surface, with the same structures as the Rhomboideus major. The Rhomboideus major ..."

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