- lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.
- not serious, important, etc.: a minor wound; a minor role.
- having low rank, status, position, etc.: a minor official.
- under the legal age of full responsibility.
- Education. of or relating to a field of study constituting a student's minor.
- (of an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding major interval.
- (of a chord) having a minor third between the root and the note next above it.
- of or relating to the minority.
- (initial capital letter) (of two male students in an English public school who have the same surname) being the younger or lower in standing: Jackson Minor sits over here.
- a person under the legal age of full responsibility.
- a person of inferior rank or importance in a specified group, class, etc.
- a subject or a course of study pursued by a student, especially a candidate for a degree, subordinately or supplementarily to a major or principal subject or course.
- a subject for which less credit than a major is granted in college or, occasionally, in high school.
- Music. a minor interval, chord, scale, etc.
- Mathematics. the determinant of the matrix formed by crossing out the row and column containing a given element in a matrix.
- (initial capital letter) Friar Minor.
- the minors, Sports. the minor leagues.
- to choose or study as a secondary academic subject or course: to major in sociology and minor in art history.
Origin of minor
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- a male given name.
Related Wordspetty, slight, inconsequential, lesser, unimportant, negligible, trivial, secondary, boy, juvenile, adolescent, infant, youth, youngster, child, baby, girl, junior, teenager, dinky
Examples from the Web for minor
A couple of people were treated for minor injuries but no major incidents occurred.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos
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The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
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It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
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He goes on to claim that these "minor insults" along with the other reveals have no news value.Exclusive: Aaron Sorkin Thinks Male Film Roles Have Bigger ‘Degree of Difficulty’ Than Female Ones
December 15, 2014
Once he was wearing bracelets, Wright quickly confessed to knowing that “Jane Doe” was a minor, according to court papers.The Navy ‘Hero’ Who Pimped an HIV-Positive Teen
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In the matter of minor industries, sericulture holds a first rank.Explorations in Australia
The same holds good as to minor front or rear displacements.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
This man had an infected leg that required some minor surgery.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The man of purpose says no to all lesser calls, all minor opportunities.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
He and his friends were approaching Macri, on the coast of Asia Minor.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
- lesser or secondary in amount, extent, importance, or degreea minor poet; minor burns
- of or relating to the minority
- below the age of legal majority
- (of a scale) having a semitone between the second and third and fifth and sixth degrees (natural minor)See also harmonic minor scale, melodic minor scale
- (of a key) based on the minor scale
- (postpositive)denoting a specified key based on the minor scaleC minor
- (of an interval) reduced by a semitone from the major
- (of a chord, esp a triad) having a minor third above the root
- (esp in jazz) of or relating to a chord built upon a minor triad and containing a minor seventha minor ninth See also minor key, minor mode
- logic (of a term or premise) having less generality or scope than another term or proposition
- US education of or relating to an additional secondary subject taken by a student
- (immediately postpositive) British the younger or junior: sometimes used after the surname of a schoolboy if he has an older brother in the same schoolHunt minor
- (postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a set of changes rung on six bellsgrandsire minor
- a person or thing that is lesser or secondary
- a person below the age of legal majority
- US and Canadian education a subsidiary subject in which a college or university student needs fewer credits than in his or her major
- music a minor key, chord, mode, or scale
- logic a minor term or premise
- a determinant associated with a particular element of a given determinant and formed by removing the row and column containing that element
- Also called: cofactor, signed minorthe number equal to this reduced determinant
- (capital) another name for Minorite
- (intr usually foll by in) US education to take a minor
Word Origin and History for minor
early 13c., menour "Franciscan" (see minor (n.)), from Latin minor "less, lesser, smaller, junior," figuratively "inferior, less important," formed as a masculine/feminine form of minus on the mistaken assumption that minus was a neuter comparative, from PIE root *mei- "small" (see minus).
Some English usages are via Old French menor "less, smaller, lower; underage, younger," from Latin minor. Meaning "underage" is from 1570s. Meaning "lesser" in English is from early 15c.; that of "less important" is from 1620s. The musical sense is from 1690s. In the baseball sense, minor league is from 1884; the figurative extension is first recorded 1926.
early 14c., "a Franciscan," from Latin Fratres Minores "lesser brethren," name chosen by St. Francis, who founded the order, for the sake of humility; see minor (adj.). From c.1400 as "minor premise of a syllogism." From 1610s as "person under legal age" (Latin used minores (plural) for "the young"). Musical sense is from 1797. Meaning "secondary subject of study, subject of study with fewer credits than a major" is from 1890; as a verb in this sense from 1934.
- Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
- Lesser in seriousness or danger.