Definition of major suit in English:

major suit


  • Spades or hearts.

    • ‘This bid is forcing to the three level in a major suit or the four level in a minor suit.’
    • ‘At the one level a major suit overcall may be made on a four-card holding of exceptional quality.’
    • ‘If the suit is a major suit, the bidder must have at least 3 cards in the suit bid.’
    • ‘Because of the difference in score, clubs and diamonds are called the minor suits and hearts and spades are the major suits.’
    • ‘Opener is required to have five cards in a major suit when she bids it on her first bid.’


Early 20th century: so named because of their higher scoring value.