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major

adjective big, chief, comprehensive, considerable, crucial, decisive, distinguished, enormous, essential, extensive, extraordinary, far-reaching, fateful, goodly, grave, great, high-level, important, impressive, intense, key, large, leading, massive, matchless, material, memorable, meritorious, moderately large, momentous, notable, noteworthy, outstanding, ponderous, pressing, prime, principal, remarkable, serious, significant, sizable, sober, solemn, substantial, supreme, top, top-level, tremendous, unparalleled, vital, weighty, worthy of consideration, worthy of remark
See also: cardinal, central, critical, crucial, essential, important, indispensable, key, material, momentous, outstanding

MAJOR, persons. One who has attained his full age, and has acquired all his civil rights; one who is no longer a minor; an adult.

MAJOR. Military language. The lowest of the staff officers; a degree higher than captain.

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The major then snatched up the countess's diamonds, held them in one hand, drew his sabre with the other, and began to strike with the flat of its blade such of the sleepers as he thought the most intrepid.
That is yours, my brave grenadier," cried the major, offering him a string of diamonds, "if you will follow me and fight like a madman.
In order to save Major Cavalcanti the trouble of drawing on his banker, I send him a draft for 2,000 francs to defray his travelling expenses, and credit on you for the further sum of 48,000 francs, which you still owe me.
He said `very good,'" muttered the major, "then -- sir" -- replied he.
Well," ejaculated the staring Major, "I never heard before that a service revolver was a thing to be sneezed at.
Let us go inside," said Major Putnam, rather sharply, and led the way into his house.
He said, 'I volunteered to go to Major Fitz-David and talk the matter over.
Woodville, or with his family, to which Major Fitz-David is not at liberty to allude.
Let me observe, however," interrupted Major Elphinstone, "this will involve a weight such as "
My dear major," replied Barbicane, "before discussing its weight permit me to enumerate some of the marvels which our ancestors have achieved in this respect.
And Muryan Square, sure enough," the Major whispered.
Twas there ye coorted me, Meejor dear," the lady said; and the Major assented to this as to every other proposition which was made generally in company.