minor

[ mahy-ner ]
/ ˈmaɪ nər /

adjective

noun

verb (used without object)

to choose or study as a secondary academic subject or course: to major in sociology and minor in art history.

Nearby words

  1. minnow,
  2. minny,
  3. minoan,
  4. minocycline,
  5. minogue,
  6. minor agglutinin,
  7. minor axis,
  8. minor canon,
  9. minor coin,
  10. minor duodenal papilla

Origin of minor

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin: smaller, less; akin to Old English min small, Old Norse minni smaller, Gothic minniza younger, Sanskrit mīnāti (he) diminishes, destroys

Can be confusedminer minor myna

Minor

[ mahy-ner ]
/ ˈmaɪ nər /

noun

a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for minor

minor

/ (ˈmaɪnə) /

adjective

noun

verb

(intr usually foll by in) US education to take a minor
Compare major

Word Origin for minor

C13: from Latin: less, smaller; related to Old High German minniro smaller, Gothic minniza least, Latin minuere to diminish, Greek meiōn less

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Word Origin and History for minor
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Medicine definitions for minor

minor

[ mīnər ]

adj.

Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
Lesser in seriousness or danger.

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