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major - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'major' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Major [ a.]
- 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].
- A mayor.

Meaning of 'major' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . major [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the principal field of study of a student at a university
Example in sentence:
  • her major is linguistics
Meaning (2):
- a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
Example in sentence:
  • she is a linguistics major
3 . major [ v]
Meaning (3):
- have as one's principal field of study
Example in sentence:
  • She is majoring in linguistics
4 . major [ a]
Meaning (4):
- of greater importance or stature or rank
Example in sentence:
  • a major artist;
  • a major role;
  • major highways
Meaning (5):
- greater in scope or effect
Example in sentence:
  • a major break with tradition;
  • a major contribution;
  • a major improvement;
  • a major misunderstanding
Meaning (6):
- of greater seriousness or danger
Example in sentence:
  • a major earthquake;
  • a major hurricane;
  • a major illness
Meaning (7):
- greater in number or size or amount
Example in sentence:
  • a major portion (a majority) of the population;
  • a major portion of the winnings;
  • Ursa Major
Meaning (8):
- of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
Example in sentence:
  • his major field was mathematics
Meaning (9):
- (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the third and fourth degrees and the seventh and eighth degrees
Example in sentence:
  • major scales;
  • the key of D major
10 . major [ s]
Meaning (10):
- of the elder of two boys with the same family name
Example in sentence:
  • Jones major