major

Something major is big, big, big! It's major, baby! It's large! Important! Intense! Powerful! Michael Jackson's album "Thriller" was major, eventually becoming the biggest-selling album of all time.

A victory of 98 to 3 might well be called major. If you're a musician, you're probably also familiar with the difference between a minor scale and a major scale. A major scale sounds happy, while a minor one sounds sad. The discovery of life on another planet? Major. Getting into the college of your choice? Major. For everything else, there's "ordinary."

Definitions of major
  1. adjective
    greater in scope or effect
    “a major contribution”
    “a major improvement”
    “a major break with tradition”
    “a major misunderstanding”
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    lesser in scope or effect
  2. adjective
    of greater seriousness or danger
    “a major earthquake”
    “a major hurricane”
    “a major illness”
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    of lesser seriousness or danger
  3. adjective
    greater in number or size or amount
    “a major portion (a majority) of the population”
    “a major portion of the winnings”
    Synonyms:
    better
    more than half
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    inferior in number or size or amount
  4. adjective
    of greater importance or stature or rank
    “a major artist”
    “a major role”
    major highways”
    Synonyms:
    leading, prima, star, starring, stellar
    indicating the most important performer or role
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    of lesser importance or stature or rank
    insignificant, peanut
    of little importance or influence or power; of minor status
    secondary
    not of major importance
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  5. noun
    a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
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    type of:
    commissioned military officer
    a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
  6. noun
    the principal field of study of a student at a university
    “her major is linguistics”
  7. noun
    a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject
    “she is a linguistics major
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    type of:
    educatee, pupil, student
    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution
  8. verb
    have as one's principal field of study
    “She is majoring in linguistics”
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    type of:
    study
    be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning
  9. adjective
    of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
    “his major field was mathematics”
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
  10. adjective
    of a scale or mode
    major scales”
    “the key of D major
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    Antonyms:
    minor
    of a scale or mode
  11. adjective
    of full legal age
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    Antonyms:
    minor, nonaged, underage
    not of legal age
  12. adjective
    of the elder of two boys with the same family name
    “Jones major
    Synonyms:
    senior
    older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service
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