major

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See also: maior, Major, majór, and majôr

English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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]

From Middle English major, from Latin maior, comparative of magnus(great), from Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-yes-(greater), comparative of *maǵ-, *meǵ-(great). Compare West Frisian majoar(major), Dutch majoor(major).

Adjective[edit]

major ‎(comparative more major, superlative most 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 that 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 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.
    • 1997, Billboard (volume 109, number 30, page 86)
      At the end of last year, the band re-signed to XL for another three albums, despite being chased by majors that included Island, says manager Mike Champion of Midi Management.
  7. (British slang, dated) An elder brother (especially at a public school).
  8. (zoology) A large leaf-cutter ant that acts as a soldier, defending the nest.
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

Noun[edit]

major m, f ‎(plural majors)

  1. of age, adult

Czech[edit]

Noun[edit]

major m

  1. major (military)

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External links[edit]

  • major in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • major in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Estonian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from German Major, from Spanish, from Latin maior.

Noun[edit]

major ‎(genitive majori, partitive majorit)

  1. major (rank)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French military authorities 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, creating problems when communicating with allied forces.

Noun[edit]

major m ‎(plural majors)

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

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Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmɒjor]
  • Hyphenation: ma‧jor

Noun[edit]

major ‎(plural majorok)

  1. farm

Declension[edit]

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative major majorok
accusative majort majorokat
dative majornak majoroknak
instrumental majorral majorokkal
causal-final majorért majorokért
translative majorrá majorokká
terminative majorig majorokig
essive-formal majorként majorokként
essive-modal
inessive majorban majorokban
superessive majoron majorokon
adessive majornál majoroknál
illative majorba majorokba
sublative majorra majorokra
allative majorhoz majorokhoz
elative majorból majorokból
delative majorról majorokról
ablative majortól majoroktól
Possessive forms of major
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. majorom majorjaim
2nd person sing. majorod majorjaid
3rd person sing. majorja majorjai
1st person plural majorunk majorjaink
2nd person plural majorotok majorjaitok
3rd person plural majorjuk majorjaik

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Interlingua[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

major ‎(not comparable)

  1. (comparative degree 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 mājōrum
dative mājōrī mājōribus
accusative mājōrem mājus mājōrēs mājōra
ablative mājōre mājōribus
vocative mājor mājus mājōrēs mājōra

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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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Noun[edit]

major c

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

Declension[edit]

Inflection of major 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative major majoren majorer majorerna
Genitive majors majorens majorers majorernas

References[edit]

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