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- 2 Music (of a scale) having an interval of a semitone between the third and fourth degrees and the seventh and eighth degrees. Contrasted with minor.
- 1an army officer of high rank, in particular (in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps) an officer ranking above captain and below lieutenant colonel.[Shortening of sergeant major, formerly a high rank]
- 7 Bridgeshort for major suit.
verb[no object] (major in) North American & Australian/New Zealand
Middle English: from Latin, comparative of magnus 'great'; perhaps influenced by French majeur