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main yard the lowest transverse spar or pole on the mainmast, used to set the mainsail on a sailing vessel.
mai tai a cocktail made with rum and fruit juices, and often garnished with fruit.
maître d' (informal) a headwaiter.
maître d'hôtel a steward or headwaiter, as of a restaurant, hotel, or club. [2 definitions]
maize see "Indian corn." [3 definitions]
Maj. abbreviation of "Major," any one whose military rank is above captain and below lieutenant colonel.
majestic regal, imposing, or stately; of great dignity or grandness.
majesty the greatness, dignity, or power of a sovereign or sovereign being. [5 definitions]
majolica a kind of Italian pottery that is enameled and glazed with tin oxide, usu. highly colored and decorated.
major the military rank above captain and below lieutenant colonel, or a person holding this rank. [6 definitions]
major-domo the chief steward or butler in a royal household.
majorette see "drum majorette."
major general a U.S. military officer ranking below a lieutenant general and above a brigadier general.
majority the greater number or amount; a number or amount greater than half. [4 definitions]
major league either of the two highest-level leagues of professional baseball teams in the U.S. [2 definitions]
major-medical of, pertaining to, or being a type of health insurance providing coverage of most of the expenses of major illnesses or injuries.
major mode a piece of music, or part of one using the intervals of the major scale.
major order the rank of deacon, priest, or bishop, as in the Roman Catholic or Episcopal churches.
major scale in music, a scale of whole steps, with two half-steps that occur between the third and fourth and seventh and eighth steps.
major suit in bridge, hearts or spades. (Cf. minor suit.)
majuscule of written or printed letters, capital or large. (Cf. minuscule.) [3 definitions]