Shoulder epaulets of a major in the United States Army.
- The definition of major is something that is greater, very consequential, serious or important.
- An example of major is a huge decision about your future.
- An example of major is an event such as heart surgery.
- The definition of a major is a military officer of a high rank or the subject in which a person focuses his academic study and gets his degree.
- An example of a major is an army officer who ranks above captain.
- An example of a major is English or math.
- greater in size, amount, number, or extent
- greater in importance or rank
- of full legal age
- constituting the majority: said of a part, etc.
- Educ. of or having to do with a field of study in which a student specializes and receives a degree
- designating an imperfect interval greater than the corresponding minor by a semitone
- characterized by major intervals, scales, etc.: in a major key
- designating a triad having intervals of a major third between the lower two pitches, and a minor third between the upper two pitches
- based on the scale pattern of the major mode
Origin of majorMiddle English maiour from Classical Latin major, comparative of magnus, great: see magni-
Origin of major< majorthe adjective a superior in some class or group
Origin of majorFrU.S. Mil. an officer ranking above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel
- a major subject or field of study
- a student specializing in a specified subject: a music major
- Law a person who has reached full legal age
- Music a major interval, key, etc.
- Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.
- Great in scope or effect: a major improvement.
- Great in number, size, or extent: the major portion of the population.
- Requiring great attention or concern; very serious: a major illness.
- Law Legally recognized as having reached the age of adulthood.
- Of or relating to the field of academic study in which a student specializes.
- Music a. Designating a scale or mode having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees.b. Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode: a major interval.c. Based on a major scale: a major key.
- a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.b. One who holds this rank.
- One that is superior in rank, importance, or ability: an oil-producing country considered as one of the majors.
- Law One recognized by the law as having reached the age of adulthood.
- a. A field of study chosen as an academic specialty.b. A student specializing in such studies: a linguistics major.
- Logic a. A major premise.b. A major term.
- Music a. A major scale, key, interval, or mode.b. A chord containing a major third between the first and second notes and a minor third between the second and third notes.
- majors Sports The major leagues.
intransitive verbma·jored, ma·jor·ing, ma·jors
Origin of majorMiddle English majour from Latin māior ; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(plural majors), or, when used as a title before a person's name, Major
When used as a title, it is always capitalized.
- Example: Major Jane Payne.
The rank corresponds to pay grade O-4. Abbreviations: Maj. and MAJ.
From French major
- Of great significance or importance.
- Greater in number, quantity, or extent.
- the major part of the assembly
- Of full legal age; having attained majority.
- (music) Of a scale which follows the pattern: tone - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitone
- a major scale.
- (music) Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
- (music) Containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.
- (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.
- Midway through his second year of college, he still hadn't chosen a major.
- (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study.
- She is a math major.
- A person of legal age.
- (logic) The major premise.
- (Canadian football) An alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score".
(third-person singular simple present majors, present participle majoring, simple past and past participle majored)