a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
Major, John Major, John R. Major, John Roy Major(noun)
British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
"she is a linguistics major"
the principal field of study of a student at a university
"her major is linguistics"
of greater importance or stature or rank
"a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"
greater in scope or effect
"a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"
greater in number or size or amount
"a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"
of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
"his major field was mathematics"
of a scale or mode
"major scales"; "the key of D major"
of greater seriousness or danger
"a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"
of full legal age
of the elder of two boys with the same family name
have as one's principal field of study
"She is majoring in linguistics"
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
of greater dignity; more important
of full legal age
greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone
an officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer
a person of full age
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]
Origin: [L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master, Mayor, Magnitude, More, a.]
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
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.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #359
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Written Corpus Frequency: #792
Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Nouns Frequency: #2633
Rank popularity for the word 'major' in Adjectives Frequency: #35
The numerical value of major in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of major in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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- majorCatalan, Valencian
- dur, Major, Hauptfach, VolljährigeGerman
- μείζων, μεγάλος, ταγματάρχης, ειδικότητα, επισμηναγός, ειδικευόμενος, ενήλικαςGreek
- 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
- jurusan, mayorIndonesian
- maggiore, maggiorenneItalian
- 少佐, 専攻, メジャーJapanese
- 專攻, 전공Korean
- ма́јор, полноле́тникMacedonian
- meerderjarige, majoor, hoofdvakDutch
- større, majorNorwegian
- maior, major, maior de idade, principalPortuguese
- maiori, maiorRomanian
- совершенноле́тний, совершеннолетний, майо́р, [[профилирующий, [[гла́вный]] [[предме́т]], мажо́рный, [[основно́й]] [[предме́т]], специализи́роваться, крупныйRussian
- bojnik, bojnicaSerbo-Croatian
- majórka, majórSlovene
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