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English adjective: major

1. major of greater importance or stature or rank

SamplesA major artist.
A major role.
Major highways.

Similarleading, prima, star, starring, stellar


2. major greater in scope or effect

SamplesA major contribution.
A major improvement.
A major break with tradition.
A major misunderstanding.


3. major greater in number or size or amount

SamplesA major portion (a majority) of the population.
Ursa Major.
A major portion of the winnings.


Attributebulk, majority


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

SamplesHis major field was mathematics.


5. major of a scale or mode

SamplesMajor scales.
The key of D major.

Domain categorymusic


6. major of greater seriousness or danger

SamplesA major earthquake.
A major hurricane.
A major illness.


7. major of full legal age

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

Antonymsnonaged, underage, minor

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

SamplesJones major.


Domain regionBritain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


English noun: major

1. major (person) a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

Broader (hypernym)commissioned military officer

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

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

SynonymsJohn Major, John R. Major, John Roy Major

Instance hypernymnational leader, solon, statesman

3. major (person) a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject

SamplesShe is a linguistics major.

Broader (hypernym)educatee, pupil, student

4. major (cognition) the principal field of study of a student at a university

SamplesHer major is linguistics.

Broader (hypernym)bailiwick, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field

English verb: major

1. major (cognition) have as one's principal field of study

SamplesShe is majoring in linguistics.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)study

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