Minor Definition

mīnər
minored, minors
adjective
Lesser in size, amount, number, or extent.
Webster's New World
Lesser in importance or rank.
Webster's New World
Lesser in seriousness or danger.
A minor injury.
American Heritage
Under full legal age (usually either eighteen or twenty-one years)
Webster's New World
Not having reached legal adulthood.
American Heritage
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noun
minors
One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
American Heritage
A person under full legal age, who has not yet acquired all civil rights.
Webster's New World
One who has not reached legal adulthood.
American Heritage
A secondary area of specialized academic study, requiring fewer courses or credits than a major.
American Heritage
A minor subject or field of study.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
To make some subject one's minor field of study.
To minor in art.
Webster's New World

To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.

Wiktionary
idiom
the minors
  • the minor leagues, esp. in baseball
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Minor

Noun

Singular:
minor
Plural:
minors

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Minor

  • 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

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