|a.||1.||Greater in number, quantity, or extent; |
|2.||Of greater dignity; more important.|
|3.||Of full legal age; adult.|
|4.||(Mus.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.|
|n.||1.||(Mil.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.|
|2.||(Law) A person of full age.|
|3.||(Logic) That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].|
|Noun||1.||major - a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain|
|2.||Major - British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)|
|3.||major - a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject; "she is a linguistics major"|
|4.||major - the principal field of study of a student at a university; "her major is linguistics"|
|Verb||1.||major - have as one's principal field of study; "She is majoring in linguistics"|
|Adj.||1.||major - of greater importance or stature or rank; "a major artist"; "a major role"; "major highways"|
minor - of lesser importance or stature or rank; "a minor poet"; "had a minor part in the play"; "a minor official"; "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; "minor back roads"
|2.||major - greater in scope or effect; "a major contribution"; "a major improvement"; "a major break with tradition"; "a major misunderstanding"|
minor - lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
|3.||major - greater in number or size or amount; "a major portion (a majority) of the population"; "Ursa Major"; "a major portion of the winnings"|
minor - inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
|4.||major - of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes; "his major field was mathematics"|
minor - of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
|5.||major - of a scale or mode; "major scales"; "the key of D major"|
minor - of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
|6.||major - of greater seriousness or danger; "a major earthquake"; "a major hurricane"; "a major illness"|
minor - of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
|7.||major - of full legal age; "major children"|
|8.||major - of the elder of two boys with the same family name; "Jones major"|