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mayor

mayor(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (related to size)
a. bigger (comparative)
Nos hemos comprado una casa mayor.We have bought a bigger house.
b. larger (comparative)
Nos iría muy bien una habitación mayor.We could use a larger room.
c. biggest (superlative)
Elegimos la pizza mayor.We chose the biggest pizza.
d. largest (superlative)
El mayor océano del mundo es el Pacífico.The world's largest ocean is the Pacific Ocean.
2. (related to age)
a. older (comparative)
María es mayor que Sara.Mary is older than Sarah.
b. elder (comparative)
Te presento a mi hermano mayor.Let me introduce you to my elder brother.
c. oldest (superlative)
Con 101 años, Juan era el mayor del pueblo.At 101 years, John was the oldest man in the village.
d. eldest (superlative)
Mi hijo mayor va a ser piloto de cazas.My eldest son is going to become a fighter pilot.
e. grown-up
Sus hijos ya son mayores.Her children are grown-up already.
f. elderly
Las personas mayores han de cuidarse mucho.Elderly people should take good care of themselves.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
3. (military)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. major
El mayor y el capitán están planeando un nuevo ataque.The major and the captain are planning a new attack.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
4. (person in charge)
a. head
El mayor del ministerio aprobó el presupuesto.The head of the department approved the budget.
mayores
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (old people)
a. elderly
Hoy en día todo el mundo trabaja y nadie tiene tiempo para cuidar de los mayores.Everyone works nowadays and no one has time to look after the elderly.
b. elders
¿Por qué has contestado así a tu abuelo? Deberías respetar a tus mayores.Why did you answer your grandfather back like that? You should respect your elders.
6. (grown people)
a. grown-ups
Después de almorzar, los mayores tomaron café en el comedor y los niños se fueron a jugar al jardín.After lunch, the grown-ups had coffee in the dining room and the kids went to play in the garden.
b. adults
Los mayores a veces olvidan que ellos también fueron niños una vez.Adults sometimes forget that they were also children once.
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mayor
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (en tamaño)
a. bigger
2. (en importancia)
a. greater
3. (en edad)
a. older
4. (en número)
a. higher
el/la mayor…the biggest…
la mayor de las islasthe biggest island, the biggest of the islands
5. (adulto)
a. grown-up
cuando sea mayorwhen I grow up
ser mayor de edadto be an adult
6. (no joven)
a. older
7. (anciano)
a. elderly
una mujer mayoran older woman
ser muy mayorto be very old
las personas mayoresthe elderly
8. (principal)
a. main
9. (music)
a.
en do mayorin C major
10. (commerce)
a.
al por mayorwholesale
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
11. (general)
a.
el/la mayorthe eldest
mayoresgrown-ups
es una película/revista para mayoresit's an adult movie/magazine
12. (military)
a. major
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mayor
adjective
1 (comparativo) (más grande)
necesitamos una habitación mayor we need a bigger o larger room; un mayor número de visitantes a larger o greater number of visitors; more visitors; son temas de mayor importancia they are more important issues; they are issues of greater importance; sin mayores complicaciones without further ado
la mayor parte de los ciudadanos most citizens
ser mayor que algo
mi casa es mayor que la suya my house is bigger o larger than his; el índice de paro es mayor que hace un año unemployment is higher than (it was) a year ago
llegar a mayores [+situación] to get out of hand; get out of control
(de más edad) older
es mi hermana mayor she's my older o elder sister; Emilio es el mayor de los dos Emilio is the older of the two
mayor que algn older than sb
Paco es mayor que Nacho Paco is older than Nacho; es tres años mayor que yo he is three years older than me; vivió con un hombre muchos años mayor que ella she lived with a man many years her senior; she lived with a man who was several years older than her
2 (superlativo) (más grande)
esta es la mayor iglesia del mundo this is the biggest o largest church in the world; su mayor problema his biggest o greatest problem; su mayor enemigo his biggest o greatest enemy; viven en la mayor miseria they live in the greatest o utmost poverty; hacer algo con el mayor cuidado to do sth with the greatest o utmost care
(de más edad) oldest
Juan es el mayor Juan is the oldest; mi hijo (el) mayor my oldest o eldest son
3 (principal) [+plaza, mástil] main; [+altar, misa] high
calle mayor high street; main street; (EEUU)
4 (adulto) grown-up; adult
nuestros hijos ya son mayores our children are grown-up now; las personas mayores grown-ups; adults; ya eres muy mayor para hacer esas tonterías you're too old now to do silly things like that
ser mayor de edad to be of age
hacerse mayor to grow up
5 (de edad avanzada) old; elderly
mis padres son muy mayores my parents are very old
6 (jefe) head
el cocinero mayor the head chef; montero mayor head huntsman
7 (Música) major
1 (adulto) grown-up; adult
los mayores se fueron a una fiesta the grown-ups o adults went to a party; los mayores no hacen cosas así grown-ups don't do things like that
mayor de edad adult; person who is legally of age
2 (anciano)
los mayores elderly people; ¡más respeto con los mayores! be more respectful to your elders (and betters)!
3 (Latinoamérica) (Mil) major
al por mayor wholesale
vender al por mayor to sell wholesale; repartir golpes al por mayor to throw punches left, right and centre
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