major

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From French major

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Maj. (abbreviation)

Noun[edit]

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major (plural majors), or, when used as a title before a person's name, Major

  1. a military rank between captain and lieutenant colonel
    He used to be a major in the army.
    This is Major Jones.
Usage notes[edit]

When used as a title, it is always capitalized.

Example: Major Jane Payne.

The rank corresponds to pay grade O-4. Abbreviations: Maj. and MAJ.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English major, from Latin maior, comparative of magnus (great), from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-yes- "greater", comparative of *maǵ-, *meǵ-, "great".

Adjective[edit]

major

  1. Of great significance or importance.
  2. Greater in number, quantity, or extent.
    the major part of the assembly
  3. Of full legal age; having attained majority.
  4. (music) Of a scale which follows the pattern: tone - tone - semitone - tone - tone - tone - semitone
    a major scale.
  5. (music) Being the larger of two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
  6. (music) Containing the note which is a major third (four half steps) above the tonic.
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Noun[edit]

major (plural majors)

  1. (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) The main area of study of a student working toward a degree at a college or university.
    Midway through his second year of college, he still hadn't chosen a major.
  2. (US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) A student at a college or university concentrating on a given area of study.
    She is a math major.
  3. A person of legal age.
  4. (logic) The major premise.
  5. (Canadian football) An alternate term for touchdown; short for "major score".
  6. A large, commercially successful record label, as opposed to an indie.
    • 2005, Billboard (volume 117, number 3, 15 January 2005, page 36)
      He says Ninja Tune retains the master and publishing rights on most of its catalog, making it easy to license quickly. Yet as majors jump on the videogame bandwagon, he fears indies may lose that outlet.
Antonyms[edit]
  • (a person of legal age): minor
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Verb[edit]

major (third-person singular simple present majors, present participle majoring, simple past and past participle majored)

  1. to concentrate on a particular area of study as a student in a college or university
    I have decided to major in mathematics.
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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin maior, maioris.

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Adjective[edit]

major m, f (masculine and feminine plural majors)

  1. larger (superlative: el major / la major - largest)
  2. older (superlative: el major / la major - oldest)
  3. main, principal
  4. (music) major

Noun[edit]

major m (plural majors)

  1. (military rank) major

major m, f (plural majors)

  1. of age, adult

Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

major m

  1. major (military)

Estonian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From German major, from Spanish, from Latin maior.

Noun[edit]

major (genitive majori, partitive majorit)

  1. (military) major

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French military authorities have created in 1972 the rank of major (non-commissioned officer) which can easily be confused with the rank of major (officer) used in many countries, provocating problems in allied forces communication.

Noun[edit]

major m (plural majors)

  1. major, the upper rank of French non-commissioned officers

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Interlingua[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

major (not comparable)

  1. (comparative form of grande) bigger

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

mājor (comparative of māgnus)

  1. Alternative form of māior.

Inflection[edit]

Third declension, comparative variant.

Number Singular Plural
Case \ Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
nominative mājor mājus mājōrēs mājōra
genitive mājōris mājōris mājōrum mājōrum
dative mājōrī mājōrī mājōribus mājōribus
accusative mājōrem mājus mājōrēs mājōra
ablative mājōre mājōre mājōribus mājōribus
vocative mājor mājus mājōrēs mājōra

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

major m (plural majores)

  1. major (military rank)

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Major, from Latin māior.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mǎjoːr/
  • Hyphenation: ma‧jor

Noun[edit]

màjōr m (Cyrillic spelling ма̀јо̄р)

  1. (military, Serbo-Croatian, Serbo-Croatian) major (rank)

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Swedish[edit]

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major c

  1. a major[1]
  2. a Squadron Leader[1] (in the British Royal Air Force)

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Utrikes namnbok (7th ed., 2007) ISBN 978-913832379-3