(Latin: larger, greater)

ad majorem dei gloriam; A.M.D.G. (Latin motto)
To or for the greater glory of God.

Motto used by the Jesuit order (Society of Jesuits).

Sometimes the full expression is cited as the rationale for actions taken by Christians.

Canis Major
1. In astronomy, the Great Dog, a southern constellation between Puppis and Orion, containing Sirius, the Dog Star, the brightest of the stars.
2. A constellation southeast of Orion which also contains Sirius; also called, "Great Dog".
force majeure (fohrs may-ZHUHR)
1. In law, an unexpected event that crucially affects someone's ability to do something and can be used in law as an excuse for not having carried out the terms of an agreement.
2. A superior or overpowering force or a force that is superior in power and impossible to resist.
3. An unexpected or uncontrollable event.
4. A natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events.
5. A contract provision that excuses a performance if it is rendered impractical by an strong event; sometimes it is referred to as an "Act of God"; for example, a fire or a natural event; such as, a flood, terrible snow storm, etc.

This term is French for "a greater force."

Maj., Maj, MAJ
1. Abbreviation of major, a military officer.
2. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above captain and below lieutenant colonel; someone who holds this rank.
3. Someone who is superior in rank, importance, or ability; such as, a major oil-producing country.
4. In law, someone who has reached full legal age.
5. A field of study chosen as an academic specialty.
6. A student specializing in such studies; as, a linguistics major.
7. In logic; a major premise; a major term.
8. In music, a major scale, key, interval, or mode; a chord containing a major third between the first and second notes and a minor third between the second and third notes.
9. In sports, getting into the majors; such as, "He has been accepted into the majors."
1. Greater than others in importance or rank: a major artist.
2. Great in scope or effect: a major improvement.
3. Great in number, size, or extent: the major portion of the population.
4. Requiring great attention or concern; very serious: a major illness.
5. In law, having attained full legal age.
6. A reference to a field of academic study in which a student specializes; such as, majoring in math, linguistics, or business administration, etc.
7. In music, designating a scale or mode having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees; equivalent to the distance between the tonic note and the second or third or sixth or seventh degrees of a major scale or mode; such as, a major interval; or based on a major scale.
Increase; enlargement.
A Spanish island in the West Mediterranean: the largest of the Balearic Islands. 460,030; 1405 sq. mi. (3640 sq. km). Capital: Palma. Spanish, Mallorca.
major-domo (s) (noun), major-domos (pl)
1. The man servant who is responsible for managing domestic affairs in a large household, especially a royal or noble household: James, the major-domo of the large villa on the hill, was not only trustworthy and in charge of the gardeners, maids, chauffeurs, and cooks, but also for their well-being.
2. Someone responsible for managing the affairs of others and making arrangements for them: Since the queen had so many important affairs to tend to, she gave the position of major-domo to a friendly and reliable person to provide the supplies and planning of such significant issues related to her status.
3. Etymology: from Latin major domus, "highest official of the household".
A man who is the chief manager, caetaker, or butler.
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1. The greater part or number; the number larger than half the total (opposed to minority): the majority of the population.
2. A number of voters or votes, jurors, or others in agreement, constituting more than half of the total number.
3. The amount by which the greater number, as of votes, surpasses the remainder (distinguished from plurality).
4. The party or faction with the majority vote.
5. The state or time of being of full legal age: to attain one's majority.
6. The military rank or office of a major.
To a great or an intense degree; extremely: Shirley got majorly depressed when she saw her test scores for her biology class.
The most important league in any sport; especially, baseball.
majuscule, majuscular
1. One of the large alphabetic characters used as the first letter in writing or printing proper names and sometimes for emphasis.
2. Of or relating to a style of writing characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; 4th to 8th centuries.
4. Uppercase: "Many medieval manuscripts are in majuscule script."

Related "big, large, great" words: grand-; macro-; magni-; maxi-; mega-; megalo-.