Dictionary.com

major

[ mey-jer ]
/ ˈmeɪ dʒər /
Save This Word!

noun
adjective
verb (used without object)
to follow a major course of study: He is majoring in physics.

VIDEO FOR MAJOR

What Is The Origin Of The Word "Major"?

Major, similar to its latin derivative magnus, means “great in size, extent, or importance.”

MORE VIDEOS FROM DICTIONARY.COM
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of major

First recorded in 1350–1400; from Latin, comparative of magnus “great, large"; replacing Middle English maio(u)r, majour, from Anglo-French, from Latin, as above; see origin at majesty

synonym study for major

8. See capital1.

Other definitions for major (2 of 2)

Major
[ mey-jer ]
/ ˈmeɪ dʒər /

noun
Clarence, born 1936, U.S. novelist and poet.
John, born 1943, British political leader: prime minister 1990–97.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use major in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for major (1 of 2)

major
/ (ˈmeɪdʒə) /

noun
adjective
verb
(intr usually foll by in) US, Canadian, Australian and NZ to do one's principal study (in a particular subject)to major in English literature
(intr usually foll by on) to take or deal with as the main area of interestthe book majors on the peasant dishes

Derived forms of major

majorship, noun

Word Origin for major

C15 (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant major

British Dictionary definitions for major (2 of 2)

Major
/ (ˈmeɪdʒə) /

noun
Sir John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989–90); prime minister (1990–97)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK