- 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 intervals of a minor third between the lower two pitches, and a major third between the upper two pitches
- 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 mei?n, 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.