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minor

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adjective mi·nor \ˈmī-nər\

Simple Definition of minor

  • : not very important or valuable

  • : small in number, quantity, or extent

  • : not very serious : not causing much trouble or damage

Full Definition of minor

  1. 1 :  inferior in importance, size, or degree :  comparatively unimportant

  2. 2 :  not having reached majority

  3. 3 a :  having half steps between the second and third, the fifth and sixth, and sometimes the seventh and eighth degrees <minor scale> b :  based on a minor scale <minor key> c :  less by a semitone than the corresponding major interval <minor third> d :  having a minor third above the root <minor triad>

  4. 4 :  not serious or involving risk to life <minor illness>

  5. 5 :  of or relating to an academic subject requiring fewer courses than a major

Examples of minor

  1. Her role in the project was minor.

  2. I'm not worried about minor details.

  3. The grant covered only a minor part of the cost.

  4. The delay will be minor.

  5. He suffered a minor heart attack.



Origin of minor

Latin, smaller, inferior; akin to Old High German minniro smaller, Latin minuere to lessen


First Known Use: 1526


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minor

noun mi·nor

Simple Definition of minor

  • : a person who is not yet old enough to have the rights of an adult

  • : a second subject studied by a college or university student in addition to a main subject

Full Definition of minor

  1. 1 :  a person who is not yet old enough to have the rights of an adult

  2. 2 :  a minor musical interval, scale, key, or mode

  3. 3 a :  a minor academic subject b :  a student taking a specified minor

  4. 4 :  a determinant or matrix obtained from a given determinant or matrix by eliminating the row and column in which a given element lies

  5. 5 plural :  minor league baseball —used with the

Examples of minor

  1. families with children who are still minors

  2. The nightclub was shut down for selling alcohol to a minor.

  3. She majored in chemistry with a minor in biology.



1612

First Known Use of minor

1612


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minor

verb mi·nor

Definition of minor

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to take courses in a minor subject



1926

First Known Use of minor

1926



MINOR Defined for Kids

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minor

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adjective mi·nor \ˈmī-nər\

Definition of minor

  1. 1 :  not great in size, importance, or seriousness <minor details> <a minor injury>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a musical scale having the third tone lowered a half step




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minor

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noun mi·nor

Definition of minor

  1. :  a person too young to have the full rights of an adult





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