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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ma•jor /ˈmeɪdʒɚ/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Militarya military officer ranking below a lieutenant colonel and above a captain.
    • a field of study in which a student specializes:a major in botany.
    • a student specializing in such a field:a history major.
  2. Sportthe majors, [plural] the major leagues.

adj. [before a noun]
  • greater in size, extent, or importance:a major part in the play.
  • of great risk; serious:a major operation.
  • Music and Dance[Music.]based on a major scale:a major key.
  • Educationrelating to the subject in which a student specializes:major courses.

  • v. [+ in + object]
  • Educationto follow an academic major:majoring in physics.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    major /ˈmeɪdʒə/ n
    1. an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant colonel
    2. a person who is superior in a group or class
    3. a large or important company: the oil majors
    4. (often preceded by the) a major key, chord, mode, or scale
    5. US Canadian Austral NZ the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc
    6. a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field: a sociology major
    7. a person who has reached the age of legal majority
    8. a major term or premise
    9. a principal or important record company, film company, etc
    1. larger in extent, number, etc
    2. of greater importance or priority
    3. very serious or significant
    4. main, chief, or principal
    5. of, involving, or making up a majority
    6. (of a scale or mode) having notes separated by the interval of a whole tone, except for the third and fourth degrees, and seventh and eighth degrees, which are separated by a semitone
    7. relating to or employing notes from the major scale: a major key
    8. (postpositive) denoting a specified key or scale as being major: C major
    9. denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root
    10. (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root
    11. constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism
    12. chiefly US Canadian Austral NZ of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc
    13. Brit the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school: Price major
    14. of full legal age
    1. (intransitive) usually followed by in: US Canadian Austral NZ to do one's principal study (in a particular subject): to major in English literature
    2. (intransitive) usually followed by on: to take or deal with as the main area of interest: the book majors on the peasant dishes
    Etymology: 15th Century (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant major

    ˈmajorship n

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