- 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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Definition for major (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for major
But, the company has seemingly been hit harder than almost any other major media conglomerate, despite a strict testing policy, which started at the beginning of the pandemic’s spread in the United States.Despite precautions, CBS headquarters reports 15 coronavirus cases amid nationwide surge|Jeremy Barr|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
She then played club hockey at the University of Colorado, where she majored in film studies.Emily Engel-Natzke’s dad was her ‘biggest fan.’ He died of covid-19 before her hockey triumph.|Samantha Pell|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
This is the first major book to tell Glenn’s story since his death in late 2016 at age 95, so the perfect time for analysis and evaluation of his life.
We’ve rounded up a few notable performances and moments from the show, with details on the major winners below.Latin Grammys 2020: 5 things you missed, from Bad Bunny’s performance to Pitbull honoring front-line workers|Bethonie Butler|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Alone among the major news networks, Fox News carried Thursday’s news conference in its entirety.Rudy Giuliani floated ‘dangerous’ and incendiary false claims of election conspiracy — and Fox News broadcast it live|Paul Farhi, Elahe Izadi|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
And what the hell were you thinking, majoring in History of Film?My Commencement Speech to Rutgers’ Geniuses: Go Forth and Fail|P. J. O’Rourke|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Barack Obama wrote a handwritten apology this week after making a joke about majoring in art history.
After To Die For, Affleck moved to New York and attended Columbia University for two years, majoring in physics and astronomy.Casey Affleck, Star of ‘Out of the Furnace,’ on His Hollywood Struggles|Marlow Stern|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Frustrated, she decided to quit acting and attend the University of Chicago, majoring in international studies.Anna Chlumsky’s All Grown Up: From ‘My Girl’ to HBO’s ‘Veep’|Marlow Stern|April 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He's majoring in music industry with a minor in global studies.
Brilliant in his work—he was majoring in chemistry—he was a mathematician who was never stopped.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
What he's majoring it for, Brocton and the devil alone know.The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
"I'm thinking of majoring in physics when I go to Berkeley," Darryl said.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
Majoring in physical ed at college, I often covered the various sports events for the campus paper.The Scapegoat|Richard Maples
He was majoring in sociology through the advice of a faddist uncle who had never seen him.The Witness|Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
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