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Meaning & Definition of Major in English

English

Major

/meʤər/

noun

1. A commissioned military officer in the united states army or air force or marines

  • Below lieutenant colonel and above captain
    synonym:
  • major

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

    synonym:
  • Major
  • ,
  • John Major
  • ,
  • John R. Major
  • ,
  • John Roy Major

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

  • "She is a linguistics major"
    synonym:
  • major

4. The principal field of study of a student at a university

  • "Her major is linguistics"
    synonym:
  • major

verb

1. Have as one's principal field of study

  • "She is majoring in linguistics"
    synonym:
  • major

adjective

1. Of greater importance or stature or rank

  • "A major artist"
  • "A major role"
  • "Major highways"
    synonym:
  • major

2. Greater in scope or effect

  • "A major contribution"
  • "A major improvement"
  • "A major break with tradition"
  • "A major misunderstanding"
    synonym:
  • major

3. Greater in number or size or amount

  • "A major portion (a majority) of the population"
  • "Ursa major"
  • "A major portion of the winnings"
    synonym:
  • major

4. Of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes

  • "His major field was mathematics"
    synonym:
  • major

5. Of a scale or mode

  • "Major scales"
  • "The key of d major"
    synonym:
  • major

6. Of greater seriousness or danger

  • "A major earthquake"
  • "A major hurricane"
  • "A major illness"
    synonym:
  • major

7. Of full legal age

    synonym:
  • major

8. Of the elder of two boys with the same family name

  • "Jones major"
    synonym:
  • major(ip)

Examples of using

I feel as if the band had never experienced major problems.
Egg yolk is one of the major sources of vitamin A.
Do not make a major problem out of a minor one.