- Minor is defined as something that is smaller or less important.
An example of something minor is a cut that isn’t deep.
- The definition of a minor is someone young who has not acquired all of their legal rights.
An example of a minor is someone who is not yet 21 years old and can’t purchase alcohol.
- Minor means your secondary educational focus during college.
An example of a minor is when you’re studying philosophy but are also studying physics.
A litte girl with a minor wound.
- lesser in size, amount, number, or extent
- lesser in importance or rank
- under full legal age (usually either eighteen or twenty-one years)
- Archaic constituting the minority: said of a party, etc.
- sad; melancholy; plaintive: from the identification in Occidental music of the minor key with such qualities
- ☆ Educ. designating or of a field of study in which students specialize, but less so than in their major
- designating an imperfect interval smaller than the corresponding major interval by a semitone
- characterized by minor intervals, scales, etc.: the minor key
- designating a triad having a minor third
- based on the scale pattern of the minor mode
Origin of minorMiddle English menour ; from Classical Latin minor ; from Indo-European an unverified form minu-, small ; from base an unverified form mei-, to lessen from source Classical Greek meiōn, less, Old Norse minni, smaller
- a person under full legal age, who has not yet acquired all civil rights
- ☆ Educ. a minor subject or field of study
- Music a minor interval, key, etc.
- Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
- Lesser in importance, rank, or stature: a minor politician.
- Lesser in seriousness or danger: a minor injury.
- Law Not having reached legal adulthood.
- Chiefly British Relating to or being the younger or junior of two pupils with the same surname.
- Of or relating to a secondary area of academic specialization.
- Logic Dealing with a more restricted category.
- Music a. Relating to or being a minor scale.b. Less in distance by a half step than the corresponding major interval.c. Based on a minor scale: a minor key.
- One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
- Law One who has not reached legal adulthood.
- a. A secondary area of specialized academic study, requiring fewer courses or credits than a major.b. One studying in a secondary area of specialization: She is a physics minor.
- Logic a. A minor premise.b. A minor term.
- Music A minor key, scale, or interval.
- minors Sports The minor leagues of a sport, especially baseball.
intransitive verbmi·nored, mi·nor·ing, mi·nors
Origin of minorMiddle English, from Latin; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more minor, superlative most min)
- Of little significance or importance.
- The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
- (music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered
- a minor scale.
- (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number
- A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
- It is illegal to sell weapons to minors under the age of eighteen.
- A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
- (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix
(third-person singular simple present minors, present participle minoring, simple past and past participle minored)
From Latin minor (“rather small")