- (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.
- 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.
verb (used without object)
- minor agglutinin,
- minor axis,
- minor canon,
- minor coin,
- minor duodenal papilla
Origin of minor
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|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The numbers reinforce another article in the Post, in which cops confessed to “turning a blind eye” to minor crimes.
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|Marlow Stern|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once he was wearing bracelets, Wright quickly confessed to knowing that “Jane Doe” was a minor, according to court papers.
"I shouldn't think so," said the doctor, as if the point was a minor one.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
Thus also with the shaping of character, and thus was Mr. Marrapit, collected in minor affairs, mighty in this crisis.Once Aboard The Lugger|Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
The Minor Poems, not hitherto collected, will reward critical perusal.
Why may not the key change to a minor, and yet the voice be the same?The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 1|A. Maclaren
Stradella's heart beat fast and faintly, and his fingers trembled when they touched the strings and made the first minor chord.Stradella|F(rancis) Marion Crawford
- (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
- 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
Word Origin 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.