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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ma•jor /ˈmeɪdʒɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
Sportthe majors, [plural] the major leagues.
adj. [before a noun]
- a student specializing in such a field:a history major.
v. [~ + in + object]
- 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.
- Educationto follow an academic major:majoring in physics.
- Militarya commissioned military officer ranking next below a lieutenant colonel and next above a captain.
- one of superior rank, ability, etc., in a specified class.
- a subject or field of study chosen by a student to represent his or her principal interest and upon which a large share of his or her efforts are concentrated:History was my major at college.
a person of full legal age (opposed to minor).
Music and Dance[Music.]a major interval, chord, scale, etc.
- a student engaged in such study.
- [Sports.]the major leagues:He coached in the majors as well as in the minors.
- the companies or organizations that lead or control a particular field of activity:the oil majors.
- greater in size, extent, or importance:the major part of the town.
- great, as in rank or importance:a major political issue; a major artist.
- serious or risky:a major operation.
- of or pertaining to the majority:the major opinion.
- of full legal age.
- (of an interval) being between the tonic and the second, third, sixth, or seventh degrees of a major scale:a major third; a major sixth.
Educationpertaining to the subject in which a student takes the most courses:Her major field is English history.
British Terms(cap.) (of one of two male students in an English public school who have the same surname) being the elder or higher in standing:Hobbes Major is not of a scientific bent.
- (of a chord) having a major third between the root and the note next above it.
- Educationto follow a major course of study:He is majoring in physics.
8 . See capital 1.
MonarchyClarence, born 1936, U.S. novelist and poet.
MonarchyJohn, born 1943, British political leader: prime minister 1990–97.
- Latin, as above
- Latin, comparative of magnus large (compare majesty); replacing Middle English majour
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
major /ˈmeɪdʒə/ n
- an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant colonel
- a person who is superior in a group or class
- a large or important company: the oil majors
- (often preceded by the) a major key, chord, mode, or scale
- US Canadian Austral NZ the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc
- a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field: a sociology major
- a person who has reached the age of legal majority
- a major term or premise
- a principal or important record company, film company, etc
- larger in extent, number, etc
- of greater importance or priority
- very serious or significant
- main, chief, or principal
- of, involving, or making up a majority
- (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
- relating to or employing notes from the major scale: a major key
- (postpositive) denoting a specified key or scale as being major: C major
- denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root
- (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root
- constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism
- chiefly US Canadian Austral NZ of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc
- Brit the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school: Price major
- of full legal age
Etymology: 15th Century (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant majorˈmajorship n
- (intransitive) usually followed by in: US Canadian Austral NZ to do one's principal study (in a particular subject): to major in English literature
- (intransitive) usually followed by on: to take or deal with as the main area of interest: the book majors on the peasant dishes
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