What does major mean?

Definitions for major
ˈmeɪ dʒərma·jor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word major.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. majornoun

    a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

  2. Major, John Major, John R. Major, John Roy Majornoun

    British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)

  3. majornoun

    a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject

    "she is a linguistics major"

  4. majoradjective

    the principal field of study of a student at a university

    "her major is linguistics"

  5. majoradjective

    of greater importance or stature or rank

    "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"

  6. majoradjective

    greater in scope or effect

    "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"

  7. majoradjective

    greater in number or size or amount

    "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"

  8. majoradjective

    of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes

    "his major field was mathematics"

  9. majoradjective

    of a scale or mode

    "major scales"; "the key of D major"

  10. majoradjective

    of greater seriousness or danger

    "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"

  11. majoradjective

    of full legal age

  12. major(ip)verb

    of the elder of two boys with the same family name

    "Jones major"

  13. majorverb

    have as one's principal field of study

    "She is majoring in linguistics"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Majoradjective

    greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  2. Majoradjective

    of greater dignity; more important

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  3. Majoradjective

    of full legal age

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  4. Majoradjective

    greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  5. Majoradjective

    an officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  6. Majoradjective

    a person of full age

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  7. Majoradjective

    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]

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

  8. Majoradjective

    a mayor

    Etymology: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]

Freebase

  1. Major

    Major is a rank of commissioned officer, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces. When used unhyphenated, in conjunction with no other indicator of rank, the term refers to the rank just senior to that of an army captain and just below the rank of lieutenant colonel. It is considered the most junior of the field ranks. In some militaries, notably France and Ireland, the rank is referred to as commandant, while in others it is known as captain-major. It is also used in some police forces and other paramilitary rank structures, such as the New York State Police, New Jersey State Police and several others. As a police rank, Major roughly corresponds to the UK rank of Superintendent. When used in hyphenated or combined fashion, the term can also imply seniority at other levels of rank, including general-major or major general, denoting a mid-level general officer, and sergeant major, denoting the most senior NCO of a military unit. It can also be used with a hyphen to denote the leader of a military band such as in pipe-major or drum-major.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Major

    mā′jur, adj. greater in number, quantity, or size: more important: (mus.) greater by a semitone.—n. a person of full age (21 years): an officer in rank between a captain and lieutenant-colonel.—v.i. to play the major, to talk big.—ns. Majorat (ma-zhō-rä′), primogeniture; Mā′jorate, Mā′jorship, the office or rank of major: majority; Mā′jor-dō′mo, an official who has the general management in a large household: a general steward: a chief minister (Sp. mayor-domo, a house-steward—L. major, greater, domus, a house); Mā′jor-gen′eral, an officer in the army next in rank below a lieutenant-general; Major′ity, the greater number: the amount between the greater and the less number: full age (at 21): the office or rank of major.—Major key (mus.), a key in which the semitones lie between the third and fourth, and seventh and eighth; Major premise (logic), the principal or major statement in a syllogism; Major scale (see Major key).—Go over to, or Join, the majority, to die; The majority, the Great majority, the dead. [L., comp. of magnus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. major

    The next rank below that of lieutenant-colonel; the junior field-officer.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. major

    An officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant-colonel; the lowest field-officer.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #359

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Written Corpus Frequency: #792

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Nouns Frequency: #2633

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Adjectives Frequency: #35

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of major in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of major in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of major in a Sentence

  1. John Ferrari:

    Part of what we do is integrate with The Navy. The Naval threat for The Pacific is one of the major threats, so The Army is doing multi-domain battle. The Pacific is inherently The Pacific. There is very little that we do that is not done with other services.

  2. David Howman:

    (The NFL has) a bit of an issue with their collective bargaining agreement, which has not lent itself to the same, let's say, progressive anti-doping program that the Major League Baseball people have, and similarly at the NHL, i think there needs to be an attitudinal shift from the players. They should be making sure that they're delivering clean sport. They should be making sure that they're not protecting the bad guys, the one or two who may try to cheat or actually cheat.

  3. Paul Finch:

    One of our biggest clients hires 4,500 graduates each year from 100,000 applicants, it's an enormous adminstration operation that needs major tech support.

  4. Ivor Gaber:

    I'm not sure they (Whittingdale and Prime Minister David Cameron) will see it as a sensible course of action to pick a fight with the BBC. I think they'll carry a big stick but they'll be careful before doing anything major.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    The notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that's nonsense, and you should know better, i've met with the families of some of those folks. Nobody's content.

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Translations for major

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  • رائدArabic
  • гало́ўныBelarusian
  • majorCatalan, Valencian
  • majorCzech
  • dur, Major, Hauptfach, VolljährigeGerman
  • μείζων, μεγάλος, ταγματάρχης, ειδικότητα, επισμηναγός, ειδικευόμενος, ενήλικαςGreek
  • majoroEsperanto
  • comandante, asignatura principal, mayor, mayor de edadSpanish
  • tärkeä, pääaineopiskelija, merkittävä, duuri, suurin, suuri, majuri, pääaine, täysi-ikäinen, [[opiskella]] [[pääaineena]]Finnish
  • plus important, très important, majeur, [[matière]] [[principal, plus grand, de taille, commandantFrench
  • maor, príomhábharIrish
  • ard-chaptanManx
  • प्रमुखHindi
  • őrnagyHungarian
  • jurusan, mayorIndonesian
  • maggiore, maggiorenneItalian
  • גדולHebrew
  • 少佐, 専攻, メジャーJapanese
  • 專攻, 전공Korean
  • MaiorLatin
  • meihaMāori
  • ма́јор, полноле́тникMacedonian
  • mejarMalay
  • meerderjarige, majoor, hoofdvakDutch
  • større, majorNorwegian
  • poważnyPolish
  • maior, major, maior de idade, principalPortuguese
  • maiori, maiorRomanian
  • совершенноле́тний, совершеннолетний, майо́р, [[профилирующий, [[гла́вный]] [[предме́т]], мажо́рный, [[основно́й]] [[предме́т]], специализи́роваться, крупныйRussian
  • bojnik, bojnicaSerbo-Croatian
  • majórka, majórSlovene
  • majorSwedish
  • اہمUrdu
  • chínhVietnamese
  • 重大的Chinese

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