Minor meaning

mīnər
Minor is defined as something that is smaller or less important.

An example of something minor is a cut that isn’t deep.

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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.

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Not having reached legal adulthood.
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Of little significance or importance.

The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.

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Lesser in seriousness or danger.

A minor injury.

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Sad; melancholy; plaintive: from the identification in Occidental music of the minor key with such qualities.
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(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.

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A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
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Under full legal age (usually either eighteen or twenty-one years)
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Minor means your secondary educational focus during college.

An example of a minor is when you’re studying philosophy but are also studying physics.

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(music) Being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number.
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(mathematics) Determinant of a square submatrix.
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To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
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Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
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Lesser in importance, rank, or stature.

A minor politician.

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Relating to or being the younger or junior of two pupils with the same surname.
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Of or relating to a secondary area of academic specialization.
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Dealing with a more restricted category.
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One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
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One who has not reached legal adulthood.
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A minor key, scale, or interval.
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The minor leagues of a sport, especially baseball.
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To pursue academic studies in a minor field.

Minored in music.

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Constituting the minority.
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Designating or of a field of study in which students specialize, but less so than in their major.
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To make some subject one's minor field of study.

To minor in art.

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A person under full legal age, who has not yet acquired all civil rights.
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A minor subject or field of study.
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A minor interval, key, etc.
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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.

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the minors
  • The minor leagues, esp. in baseball.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the minors

Origin of minor

  • Middle English from Latin mei-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin minor (“rather small")

    From Wiktionary