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Definition 1: the principal field of study of a student at a university - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her major is linguistics

(major is a kind of ...) a branch of knowledge

"in what discipline is his doctorate?" "teachers should be well trained in their subject" "anthropology is the study of human beings"

Definition 2: a commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain - [noun denoting person]

(major is a kind of ...) a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marine Corps

(major belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: a university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject - [noun denoting person]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she is a linguistics major

(major is a kind of ...) a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

Definition 4: British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for major in the sense of this definition

(major is an instance of ...) a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs

Definition 5: have as one's principal field of study - [verb of cognition]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She is majoring in linguistics

(major is a kind of ...) be a student; follow a course of study; be enrolled at an institute of learning

Definition 6: greater in number or size or amount - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a major portion (a majority) of the population
  • Ursa Major
  • a major portion of the winnings

(major is similar to ...) more than half

"argued for the better part of an hour"

(... are attributes of major) the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

"the majority of his customers prefer it" "the bulk of the work is finished"

Definition 7: greater in scope or effect - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a major contribution
  • a major improvement
  • a major break with tradition
  • a major misunderstanding

Definition 8: of full legal age - [adjective denoting all]

(major belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 9: (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the third and fourth degrees and the seventh and eighth degrees - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • major scales
  • the key of D major

(major belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 10: of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his major field was mathematics

Definition 11: of greater importance or stature or rank - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a major artist
  • a major role
  • major highways

(major is similar to ...) indicating the most important performer or role

"the leading man" "prima ballerina" "prima donna" "a star figure skater" "the starring role" "a stellar role" "a stellar performance"

Definition 12: of greater seriousness or danger - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a major earthquake
  • a major hurricane
  • a major illness

Definition 13: of the elder of two boys with the same family name - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where major or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Jones major

(major is similar to ...) older; higher in rank; longer in length of tenure or service

"senior officer"

(major belongs to a domain located in ...) a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

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