from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.
- adj. Great in scope or effect: a major improvement.
- adj. Great in number, size, or extent: the major portion of the population.
- adj. Requiring great attention or concern; very serious: a major illness.
- adj. Law Having attained full legal age.
- adj. Of or relating to the field of academic study in which a student specializes.
- adj. Music Designating a scale or mode having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees.
- adj. Music Equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode: a major interval.
- adj. Music Based on a major scale: a major key.
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.
- n. One who holds this rank.
- n. One that is superior in rank, importance, or ability: an oil-producing country considered as one of the majors.
- n. Law One who has reached full legal age.
- n. A field of study chosen as an academic specialty.
- n. A student specializing in such studies: a linguistics major.
- n. Logic A major premise.
- n. Logic A major term.
- n. Music A major scale, key, interval, or mode.
- n. Music A chord containing a major third between the first and second notes and a minor third between the second and third notes.
- n. Sports The major leagues.
- intransitive v. To pursue academic studies in a major: majoring in mathematics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel
- adj. Of great significance or importance.
- adj. Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
- adj. Containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.
- n. The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.
- n. A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study.
- n. A person of legal age.
- n. The major premise.
- n. An alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score".
- v. to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Greater in number, quantity, or extent
- Of greater dignity; more important.
- Of full legal age; adult.
- Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.
- n. An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
- n. A person of full age.
- n. That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
- n. A mayor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Greater; more important or effective; first in force or consideration; leading; principal: as, the major premise or term of a syllogism.
- Greater in quantity, number, or extent: as, the major part of the revenue, of an assembly, or of a territory.
- Of age; having attained to majority.
- In music
- Of intervals, standard or normal; literally “greater,” as compared with minor intervals.
- Of tones, distant by a major interval from a given tone: as, A is the major third of F, etc.
- Of tonalities and scales, standard or normal: characterized by a major third and also by a major sixth and seventh: opposed to minor.
- Of triads and chords, characterized by a major third between the root and the tone next above, and a perfect fifth between the root and the second tone above: opposed to minor, diminished, and augmented.
- Of cadences, ending in a major triad.
- Of modes in the modern sense, and thus of composition in general, characterized by the use of a major tonality and of major cadences: as, a piece is written throughout in the major mode.
- In logic, wider; broader; more extensive; a predicate to more subjects.
- n. Milit., an officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant-colonel; the lowest field-officer.
- n. In law, a person who is old enough to manage his own concerns. See age, n., 3.
- n. In music, the major mode, or a major tonality or major chord, taken absolutely.
- n. In logic
- n. The major premise of a syllogism, which in direct syllogisms states the rule from which the conclusion is drawn.
- n. The major extreme of a syllogism.
- n. Same as mayor.
- To act the major; look and talk big, or with a military air.
- In prosody, noting the longer of two types of verse which bear a common name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
- adj. of greater importance or stature or rank
- n. a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
- adj. greater in scope or effect
- v. have as one's principal field of study
- adj. greater in number or size or amount
- adj. of a scale or mode
- adj. of greater seriousness or danger
- adj. of the elder of two boys with the same family name
- adj. of full legal age
- adj. of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
- n. the principal field of study of a student at a university
- n. a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
Middle English majour, from Latin māior.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French major (Wiktionary)
Middle English major, from Latin maior, comparative of magnus ("great"), from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-yes- "greater", comparative of *maǵ-, *meǵ-, "great". (Wiktionary)