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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ma•jor /ˈmeɪdʒɚ/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- 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.
- Sportthe majors, [plural] the major leagues.
v. [~ + in + object]
- greater in size, extent, or importance:a major part in the play.
- of great risk;
serious:a major operation.
- Music and Dancebased 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.
(mā′jər),USA pronunciation n.
- 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 student engaged in such study.
- a person of full legal age (opposed to minor).
- Music and Dancea major interval, chord, scale, etc.
- the majors:
- Sportthe major leagues:He coached in the majors as well as in the minors.
- Businessthe 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.
- Music and Dance
- (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.
- (of a chord) having a major third between the root and the note next above it.
- 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.
- Educationto follow a major course of study:He is majoring in physics.
- Latin, as above
- Latin, comparative of magnus large (compare majesty); replacing Middle English majour
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See capital 1.
- BiographicalClarence, born 1936, U.S. novelist and poet.
- BiographicalJohn, born 1943, British political leader: prime minister 1990–97.
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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