- 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.
- 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.
- (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.
verb (used without object)
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Major, similar to its latin derivative magnus, means “great in size, extent, or importance.”
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The roof, doors, and windows will be sourced locally, and the whole process can be completed in less than a week, another major advantage over traditional building methods.The World’s First 3D Printed School Will Be Built in Madagascar|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|February 26, 2021|Singularity Hub
She met her first husband and writing partner Gerry Goffin, a chemistry major while they were students at Queens College.Fifty years later, ‘Tapestry’s’ hope and optimism still resonates|Tanya Pearson|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
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The newspapers reported that Thomas “Shaky Tom” Anderson and Jimmy “Kid Riviera” Williams were major players in the policy racket.
Another former Democratic lawmaker who now leads a major Texas city similarly tried and failed to pass legislation that would bring greater accountability to the state.“Power Companies Get Exactly What They Want”: How Texas Repeatedly Failed to Protect Its Power Grid Against Extreme Weather|by Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila|February 22, 2021|ProPublica
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
Other major news outlets made the same decision, hiding behind a misplaced sense of multicultural sensitivity.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Iraq may have been an irregular fight, but it had major moments.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is the Mexico that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and most major U.S. corporations, are eager to call amigo.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting|Ruben Navarrette Jr.|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those who have watched anti-gay groups closely suggest that there will be two major strategic shifts in their strategy.
The major-general kept him well informed of every movement of the enemy, and pointed out the dangerous isolation of Davout.
Thereon the major-general took on himself to nominate Prince Eugne as Murat's successor.
Major Abbott and his brother officers, trying to keep their men loyal, stood fast and listened to the distant turmoil in the city.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Frulein Fichtner was the young lady who was going to play his concerto in A major at the concert that evening.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He was a good judge of men, that eagle-faced major; he knew that the slightest move with hostile intent would mean a smoking gun.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for major (1 of 2)
- the principal field of study of a student at a university, etchis major is sociology
- a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal fielda sociology major
- (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 scalea major key
- (postpositive) denoting a specified key or scale as being majorC 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