I. adjective Etymology: Middle English maiour, from Latin major, comparative of magnus great, large — more at much Date: 15th century 1. greater in dignity, rank, importance, or interest <
one of the major poets
2. greater in number, quantity, or extent <
the major part of his work
3. having attained majority 4. a. notable or conspicuous in effect or scope ; considerable <
a major improvement
b. prominent or significant in size, amount, or degree <
earned some major cash
5. involving grave risk ; serious <
a major illness
6. of or relating to a subject of academic study chosen as a field of specialization 7. a. having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees <
major scale
b. based on a major scale <
major key
c. equivalent to the distance between the keynote and another tone (except the fourth and fifth) of a major scale <
major third
d. having a major third above the root <
major triad
II. noun Date: 1616 1. a person who has attained majority 2. a. one that is superior in rank, importance, size, or performance <
economic power of the oil majors
b. a major musical interval, scale, key, or mode 3. a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps ranking above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel 4. a. an academic subject chosen as a field of specialization b. a student specializing in such a field <
a history major
5. plural major league baseball — used with the 6. any of several high-level tournaments in professional golf III. intransitive verb Date: 1913 to pursue an academic major <
majored in English

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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