Meaning of MAJOR in English

I. ˈmā-jər adjective

Etymology: Middle English maiour, from Latin major, comparative of magnus great, large — more at much

Date: 15th century

1. : greater in dignity, rank, importance, or interest

one of the major poets

2. : greater in number, quantity, or extent

the major part of his work

3. : having attained majority


a. : notable or conspicuous in effect or scope : considerable

a major improvement

b. : prominent or significant in size, amount, or degree

earned some major cash

5. : involving grave risk : serious

a major illness

6. : of or relating to a subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization


a. : having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees

major scale

b. : based on a major scale

major key

c. : equivalent to the distance between the keynote and another tone (except the fourth and fifth) of a major scale

major third

d. : having a major third above the root

major triad

II. noun

Date: 1616

1. : a person who has attained majority


a. : one that is superior in rank, importance, size, or performance

economic power of the oil major s

b. : a major musical interval, scale, key, or mode

3. : a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel


a. : an academic subject chosen as a field of specialization

b. : a student specializing in such a field

a history major

5. plural : major league baseball — used with the

6. : any of several high-level tournaments in professional golf

III. intransitive verb

Date: 1913

: to pursue an academic major

major ed in English

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