- 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.
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.
a. A major premise.
b. A major term.
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
To pursue academic studies in a major: majoring in mathematics.
Origin of major
Middle English majour from
; see meg-
in Indo-European roots.
(plural majors), or, when used as a title before a person's name, Major
- a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel
- He used to be a major in the army.
- This is Major Jones.
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.
- 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)
- to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university
- I have decided to major in mathematics.
Middle English major, from Latin maior, comparative of magnus (“great"), from Proto-Indo-European *maÇµ-yes- "greater", comparative of *maÇµ-, *meÇµ-, "great".