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Overview page. Subjects: Education.

When undergraduates are studying for a degree which combines more than one subject, one of which is their chief field of study, that specialist subject is referred to as their major...

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Majors

Edited by Patrick Hanks.

in Dictionary of American Family Names

January 2003; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 7 words.

English: patronymic from Major 1.

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major

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 194 words.

In origin the comparative of Latin magnus ‘great’, major is sometimes used in contrast with minor (e.g. a major road

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major

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 78 words.

officer below the rank of lieutenant-colonel. XVII. — F. (short for sergent-major sergeant-major, orig. a much higher rank than now)

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major

Overview page. Subjects: Education.

When undergraduates are studying for a degree which combines more than one subject, one of which is their chief field of study, that specialist subject is referred to as their major...

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major

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 34 words.

greater. XVI. — L. mājor (:- *māgjōs) compar. of magnus great (see MAGNITUDE).

So majority †

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Major

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 192 words.

Variants: Majer, Mayger, Mager, Mauger, Moger, Majors

Current frequencies: GB 5549, Ireland 166 •

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Majors

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1959, the Majors were an R&B quintet who crossed over to the US pop charts three times in 1962, most notably with their debut ...

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Majors

Patrick Hanks, Richard Coates and Peter McClure.

in The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

November 2016; p ublished online November 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Names Studies. 30 words.

Variants: Magers

Current frequencies: GB 30, Ireland 0 • GB frequency 1881: 18

English: variant of Major with

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Majors

Edited by Colin Larkin.

in Encyclopedia of Popular Music

January 2006; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 175 words.

Formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1959, the Majors were an R&B quintet who crossed over to the US pop

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majorly

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 103 words.

The originally American use of majorly as an intensifier meaning nothing more than ‘really, very’ (e.g. It was a real

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