Adjective: major mey-ju(r)
Noun: major mey-ju(r)
- Of greater importance, 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, size or amount
"Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"
- [N. Amer, Austral, NZ] Of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
"his major field was mathematics"
- (music) 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"
- (law) of full legal age
- [Brit] Of the elder of two boys with the same family name
Verb: major mey-ju(r)
- (military) a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
- [N. Amer, Austral, NZ] A university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
"she is a linguistics major"
- [N. Amer, Austral, NZ] The principal field of study of a student at a university
"her major is linguistics"
Usage: N. Amer, Austral, NZ
Noun: Major mey-ju(r)
- Have as one's principal field of study
"She is majoring in linguistics"
- British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
- John Major, John R. Major, John Roy Major
Derived forms: majors, majoring, majored
See also: better, bulk, leading, lion's share [informal], majority, most, prima, senior, star, starring, stellar
Type of: bailiwick, commissioned military officer, discipline, educatee, field, field of study, national leader, PM, premier, Prime Minister, pupil, solon, statesman, student, study, subject, subject area, subject field
Part of: Conservative Party, Tory Party
Encyclopedia: Major, Kentucky