- (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)
Origin of minor
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Antonyms for minor
- (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.