major

[ mey-jer ]
/ ˈmeɪ dʒər /
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noun

adjective

verb (used without object)

to follow a major course of study: He is majoring in physics.

Origin of major

1350–1400; < Latin, comparative of magnus large (cf. majesty); replacing Middle English majour < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

Synonym study

8. See capital1.
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British Dictionary definitions for majoring (1 of 2)

Major

/ (ˈmeɪdʒə) /

noun

Sir John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989–90); prime minister (1990–97)

British Dictionary definitions for majoring (2 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

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
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