What does major mean?

Definitions for major
ˈmeɪ dʒərma·jor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Majoradjective

    Etymology: major, Latin.

    They bind none, no not though they be many, saving only when they are the major part of a general assembly, and then their voices being more in number, must oversway their judgments who are fewer. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    The true meridian is a major circle passing through the poles of the world and the zenith of any place, exactly dividing the east from the west. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    In common discourse we denominate persons and things according to the major part of their character: he is to be called a wise man who has but few follies. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Fall Greek, fall fame, honour, or go, or stay,
    My major vow lies here. William Shakespeare, Troil. and Cressida.

  2. Majornoun

    The major of our author’s argument is to be understood of the material ingredients of bodies. Boyle.

    Major-general Ravignan returned with the French king’s answer. Tatler, №. 53.


  1. major

    Major is a military rank.


  1. major

    "Major" is an adjective that often describes something of greater importance, seriousness, large scale or size, or something that is more significant in comparison to others. It can denote something primary, chief or principal. In the context of education, "major" refers to the primary field of specialized study by a university student. It can also denote a designated rank in military forces or a raised note in a musical key. The context usually determines what it specifically refers to.

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

  2. Majoradjective

    of greater dignity; more important

  3. Majoradjective

    of full legal age

  4. Majoradjective

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

  5. Majoradjective

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

  6. Majoradjective

    a person of full age

  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]

  8. Majoradjective

    a mayor

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


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. majornoun

    A Maj mental age master of arts in some sort of operational research. 1.) Important, serious, or significant. Greater or more important; main. Meaningful or life-threatening.

    I worked everything out to become a major name in my purpose of life, now I am making it into a career.

    Etymology: High Rank

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on March 19, 2024  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MAJOR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Major is ranked #1714 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Major surname appeared 20,977 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 7 would have the surname Major.

    61% or 12,809 total occurrences were White.
    32.8% or 6,889 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 560 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 470 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 138 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 111 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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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  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. Barry Goodman:

    Our models have become a bit more risk averse, with only a few exceptions, like natural gas, signal strengths are relatively modest – there are few major short or long signals.

  2. Lujan Grisham:

    We're going to deliver a major boost. F-R-E-E, let's make it proof, it's been a really long time since I crossed the stage for my diploma at the University of New Mexico, but even though I spelled it out very slowly, I still know what FREE spells and I also know that free college for New Mexico students is the right thing to do.

  3. Michael Tran:

    One of the major variables that's fueling the rally in oil prices is the market's perception that (Trump's) administration is taking an increasingly hawkish stance on foreign policy.

  4. Songklod Wongchai:

    It's in line with global trends as major petrochemical producers shift from commodity-grade products to specialty grade, and that's why they need to spend more on research, but given the weak economic outlook and poor domestic consumption, I'm worried about demand because everyone needs to control costs. Prices of premium grade products are much higher than normal.

  5. Amy Spitalnick:

    At a moment of rising extremism, major threats to our democracy, and far too little justice, this case has provided a model for accountability, there are not sufficient words to describe the honor of supporting these courageous plaintiffs, who chose to relive their trauma to hold accountable those responsible.

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