In military law. An officer next in rank above a brigadier general, and next below a lieutenant general, and who usually commands a division or an army corps. Major licereditas venit unicuique nostrum a jure et lcgibus quam a parcnti- bus. 2 Inst. 50. A greater inheritance comes to every one of us from right and the laws than from parents. Major numerus in se contiuet mi- norem. Bract, fol. 1G. The greater number contains in itself the less.