johnny major


Clarence, born 1936, U.S. novelist and poet.
John, born 1943, British political leader: prime minister 1990–97. Unabridged
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major (ˈmeɪdʒə)
1.  military an officer immediately junior to a lieutenant colonel
2.  a person who is superior in a group or class
3.  a large or important company: the oil majors
4.  (often preceded by the) music a major key, chord, mode, or scale
5.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  the principal field of study of a student at a university, etc: his major is sociology
 b.  a student who is studying a particular subject as his principal field: a sociology major
6.  a person who has reached the age of legal majority
7.  logic a major term or premise
8.  a principal or important record company, film company, etc
9.  (US), (Canadian) (plural) the majors the major leagues
10.  larger in extent, number, etc: the major part
11.  of greater importance or priority
12.  very serious or significant: a major disaster
13.  main, chief, or principal
14.  of, involving, or making up a majority
15.  music
 a.  (of a scale or mode) having notes separated by the interval of a whole tone, except for the third and fourth degrees, and seventh and eighth degrees, which are separated by a semitone
 b.  relating to or employing notes from the major scale: a major key
 c.  (postpositive) denoting a specified key or scale as being major: C major
 d.  denoting a chord or triad having a major third above the root
 e.  (in jazz) denoting a major chord with a major seventh added above the root
16.  logic constituting the major term or major premise of a syllogism
17.  chiefly (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) of or relating to a student's principal field of study at a university, etc
18.  (Brit) the elder: used after a schoolboy's surname if he has one or more younger brothers in the same school: Price major
19.  of full legal age
20.  (postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a method rung on eight bells
vb (usually foll by in) (usually foll by on)
21.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) to do one's principal study (in a particular subject): to major in English literature
22.  to take or deal with as the main area of interest: the book majors on the peasant dishes
[C15 (adj): from Latin, comparative of magnus great; C17 (n, in military sense): from French, short for sergeant major]

Major (ˈmeɪdʒə)
John. born 1943, British Conservative politician: Chancellor of the Exchequer (1989--90); prime minister (1990--97)

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, from L. major (earlier *magjos), irregular comp. of magnus "large, great" (see magnate). Used in music (of modes, scales, or chords) since 1694, on notion of an interval a half-tone greater than the minor. The verb meaning "focus (one's) studies" is 1924, from noun
in sense of "subject of specialization" (1890).

military rank, 1643, from Fr., short for sergent-major, originally a higher rank than at present, from M.L. major "chief officer, magnate, superior person," from L. major "an elder, adult," noun use of the adjective (see major (adj.)).
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