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.
Other definitions for Minor (2 of 2)
a male given name.
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How to use minor in a sentence
After Backstrom’s tally, things got heated, with Wilson being called for a two-minute minor for interference after his late shoulder-to-chest hit on Mark Jankowski.Tom Wilson gets the Capitals back on track with a win over the Penguins | Samantha Pell | February 26, 2021 | Washington Post
A simpler approach, he believes, will get him back to the mechanics he thrived with in the minors.Carter Kieboom, unbothered by the spotlight, is confident he can keep his third base job | Jesse Dougherty | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Toss in a small roof rack, some extra fuel, and minor interior modifications, and Stuart was left with a truck that, when I directed him to a vehicle scale, measured out at just about 5,600 pounds—without him or his gear in it.
In her first appearance after recovering from a minor injury, O’Hara logged a preplanned 30-plus minutes before making way for Washington Spirit teammate Emily Sonnett.USWNT flexes muscle, routs Argentina to win SheBelieves Cup, 6-0 | Steven Goff | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Perhaps police should be even more worried if someone flees when police confront him over a minor infraction, Roberts said.Supreme Court considers giving police greater powers when pursuing suspects | Robert Barnes | February 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A few minor notes, born of reflection: Traditionally, the best columns are dominated by politics—its most popular topic.
Three days later he was in Switzerland, and a few days later again he was on the summit of a minor but still difficult peak.Uncanny Tales | Various
The 'whole' of him that now dealt with Lettice was far above all minor and partial means of knowing.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
Barton Booth died; a celebrated tragedian in the reign of queen Anne, author of some songs and minor pieces.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Even a minor dislocation breaks down a certain part of the machinery of society.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
When she struck the chord of G minor, it was the right preparation, and brought you immediately into the mood for what followed.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
British Dictionary definitions for minor
lesser or secondary in amount, extent, importance, or degree: a minor poet; minor burns
of or relating to the minority
below the age of legal majority
(of a key) based on the minor scale
(postpositive) denoting a specified key based on the minor scale: C minor
(of an interval) reduced by a semitone from the major
(of a chord, esp a triad) having a minor third above the root
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 school: Hunt minor
(postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a set of changes rung on six bells: grandsire 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 minor the number equal to this reduced determinant
(capital) another name for Minorite
(intr usually foll by in) US education to take a minor
- Compare major
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