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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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I was going to say, Major, that I felt particularly sensible of your kind welcome because, as it happens, I have a favor to ask of you.
But Major Fitz-David's admiration rose from one climax to another with such alarming rapidity that I felt the importance of administering a practical check to it.
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.
But, my dear president," said the major, "is not the cost price of aluminum extremely high?
replied the major, who was not willing readily to give in; "even that is an enormous price.
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.
And you with such a beautiful front of black, Peggy, my dear," the Major cried.
replied the major, "they have eaten my horse; and how can I make this stupid general and his wife walk?
The major then rolled over the men who were sleeping on his blankets, which he tossed into the carriage, together with some roasted fragments of his mare.
exclaimed the Major, staring at him; "did you fire that shot?
She was looking over his shoulder towards where Major Thomson, who had just returned, was answering a little stream of questions.