- 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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Definition for major (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for major
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 part of the plunder and the carts were still where they had been drawn up.Mr. Midshipman Easy|Captain Frederick Marryat
The Major hardly ever visited the henhouse without finding a lump somewhere.The Tale of Major Monkey|Arthur Scott Bailey
"Yes, good crop that—'nough to stuff a mattress with; looks better to-day than when it's full of alkali dust," replied the Major.John Ermine of the Yellowstone|Frederic Remington
Von Herbert wrote an order to the Major of the Pandours for a detachment to take the duty of the imperial apartments.Tales from Blackwood|Various
Seeing his Pawnees were some distance in the rear, the whole party turned on Major North.The Story of the First Trans-Continental Railroad|W. F. Bailey.
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