Major - (a.) Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.
Major - (a.) Of greater dignity; more important.
Major - (a.) Of full legal age.
Major - (a.) Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.
Major - (a.) An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
Major - (a.) A person of full age.
Major - (a.) 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].
Major - (a.) A mayor.
Aid-major - (n.) The adjutant of a regiment.
Drum major - () .
Drum major - () The chief or first drummer of a regiment; an instructor of drummers.
Drum major - () The marching leader of a military band.
Drum major - () A noisy gathering. [R.] See under Drum, n., 4.
Etat Major - () The staff of an army, including all officers above the rank of colonel, also, all adjutants, inspectors, quartermasters, commissaries, engineers, ordnance officers, paymasters, physicians, signal officers, judge advocates; also, the noncommissioned assistants of the above officers.
Majorat - (a.) The right of succession to property according to age; -- so termed in some of the countries of continental Europe.
Majorat - (a.) Property, landed or funded, so attached to a title of honor as to descend with it.
Majorate - (n.) The office or rank of a major.
Majorate - (a.) To augment; to increase.
Majoration - (n.) Increase; enlargement.
Majorcan - (a.) Of or pertaining to Majorca.
Majorcan - (n.) A native or inhabitant of Majorca.
Major-domo - (n.) A man who has authority to act, within certain limits, as master of the house; a steward; also, a chief minister or officer.
Major general - () An officer of the army holding a rank next above that of brigadier general and next below that of lieutenant general, and who usually commands a division or a corps.
Majorities - (pl. ) of Majority
Majority - (n.) The quality or condition of being major or greater; superiority.
Majority - (n.) The military rank of a major.
Majority - (n.) The condition of being of full age, or authorized by law to manage one's own affairs.
Majority - (n.) The greater number; more than half; as, a majority of mankind; a majority of the votes cast.
Majority - (n.) Ancestors; ancestry.
Majority - (n.) The amount or number by which one aggregate exceeds all other aggregates with which it is contrasted; especially, the number by which the votes for a successful candidate exceed those for all other candidates; as, he is elected by a majority of five hundred votes. See Plurality.
Majorship - (n.) The office of major.
Tierce-major - (n.) See Tierce, 4.
Major - —adj. 1 relatively great in size, intensity, scope, or importance. 2 (of surgery) serious. 3 mus. A (of a scale) having intervals of a semitone above its third and seventh notes. B (of an interval) greater by a semitone than a minor interval (major third). C (of a key) based on a major scale. 4 of full legal age. —n. 1 a army officer next below lieutenant-colonel. B officer in charge of a band section (drum major). 2 person of full legal age. 3 us a student's main subject or course. B student of this. —v. (foll. By in) us study or qualify in (a subject) as one's main subject. [latin, comparative of magnus great]
Absolute majority - n. Majority over all rivals combined.
Drum major - n. Leader of a marching band.
Drum majorette - n. Female baton-twirling member of a parading group.
Major-domo - n. (pl. -s) chief steward of a great household. [medieval latin major domus highest official of the household]
Majorette - n. = *drum majorette. [abbreviation]
Major-general - n. Officer next below a lieutenant-general.
Majority - n. (pl. -ies) 1 (usu. Foll. By of) greater number or part. 2 a number of votes by which a candidate wins. B party etc. Receiving the greater number of votes. 3 full legal age. 4 rank of major. [medieval latin: related to *major]
Majority rule - n. Principle that the greater number should exercise the greater power.
Sergeant-major - n. (in full regimental sergeant-major) warrant-officer assisting the adjutant of a regiment or battalion.
Silent majority - n. The mass of allegedly moderate people who rarely express an opinion.
Ursa major - n. = great bear (see *bear2). [latin]
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