Definition for MA'JOR

MA'JOR, n.1

  1. In military affairs, an officer next in rank above a captain and below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
  2. The mayor of a town. [See Mayor.] Aid-major, an officer appointed to act as major on certain occasions. Brigade-major. [See Brigade.] Drum-major, the first drummer in a regiment, who has authority over the other drummers. Fife-major, the first or chief fifer. Sergeant-major, a non-commissioned officer, subordinate to the adjutant.

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