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minor

[ mahy-ner ]
/ ˈmaɪ nər /
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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.
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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH minor

miner, minor , myna

Other definitions for minor (2 of 2)

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
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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for minor

minor
[ mīnər ]

adj.
Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
Lesser in seriousness or danger.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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