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."

Primary Meanings of major

1.
adjn
greater in scope or effect
a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
2.
nvadj
the principal field of study of a student at a university
have as one's principal field of study
of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes
3.
adj
of a scale or mode
4.
adj
of full legal age
Full Definitions of major
1

adj greater in scope or effect

“a major contribution”
“a major improvement”
“a major break with tradition”
“a major misunderstanding”
Antonyms:
minor
lesser in scope or effect

adj of greater seriousness or danger

“a major earthquake”
“a major hurricane”
“a major illness”
Antonyms:
minor
of lesser seriousness or danger

adj 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
Antonyms:
minor
inferior in number or size or amount

adj 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
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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n a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain

Type of:
commissioned military officer
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps
2

n the principal field of study of a student at a university

“her major is linguistics”
Type of:
bailiwick, discipline, field, field of study, study, subject, subject area, subject field
a branch of knowledge

n a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject

“she is a linguistics major
Type of:
educatee, pupil, student
a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

v have as one's principal field of study

“She is majoring in linguistics”
Type of:
study
be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning

adj of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes

“his major field was mathematics”
Antonyms:
minor
of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
3

adj of a scale or mode

major scales”
“the key of D major
Antonyms:
minor
of a scale or mode
4

adj of full legal age

Antonyms:
minor, nonaged, underage
not of legal age

adj 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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