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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 for Students

  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 for Students

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




Medical Dictionary

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minor

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adjective mi·nor \ˈmī-nər\

Medical Definition of minor

  1. :  not serious or involving risk to life <minor illness> <a minor operation>—compare major




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minor

noun mi·nor

Medical Definition of minor

  1. :  a person of either sex under the age of legal qualification for adult rights and responsibilities that has traditionally been 21 in the United States but is now 18 in many states or sometimes less under certain circumstances (as marriage or pregnancy)




Law Dictionary

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minor

noun mi·nor

Legal Definition of minor

  1. :  a person who has not yet reached the age of majority — compare adult, juvenile, major




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minor

adjective mi·nor

Legal Definition of minor

  1. 1a :  being less important or serious <a minor official> <a minor offense> b :  involving, relating to, or dealing with less important matters

  2. 2 :  having the status of a minor <minor children>





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