(noun, adjective, verb)


1. of greater importance or stature or rank

- a major artist

- a major role

- major highways

Similar word(s): leading, prima, star, starring, stellar

2. greater in scope or effect

- a major contribution

- a major improvement

- a major break with tradition

3. greater in number or size or amount

- a major portion (a majority) of the population

- Ursa Major

- a major portion of the winnings

Similar word(s): better

4. of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes

- his major field was mathematics

5. (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the third and fourth degrees and the seventh and eighth degrees

- major scales

- the key of D major

6. of greater seriousness or danger

- a major earthquake

- a major hurricane

- a major illness

7. of full legal age

8. of the elder of two boys with the same family name

- Jones major

Similar word(s): senior

Sentences with major as an adjective:

- the major part of the assembly

- a major scale.


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

Definition categories: person

2. British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)

Definition categories: person

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

- she is a linguistics major

Definition categories: person, educatee, pupil, student

4. the principal field of study of a student at a university

- her major is linguistics

Definition categories: thought, bailiwick, discipline, field, study, subject

Sentences with major as a noun:

- He used to be a major in the army.

- This is Major Jones.

- Midway through his second year of college, he still hadn't chosen a major.

- She is a math major.


1. have as one's principal field of study

- She is majoring in linguistics

Definition categories: cognition, study

Sentences with major as a verb:

- I have decided to major in mathematics.