minor

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1mi·nor

adjective \ˈmī-nər\

: 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
:  inferior in importance, size, or degree :  comparatively unimportant
2
:  not having reached majority
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
:  not serious or involving risk to life <minor illness>
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

2minor

noun

: 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
:  a person who is not yet old enough to have the rights of an adult
2
:  a minor musical interval, scale, key, or mode
3
a :  a minor academic subject
b :  a student taking a specified minor
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
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.

First Known Use of MINOR

1612

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

3minor

verb

Definition of MINOR

intransitive verb
:  to take courses in a minor subject

First Known Use of MINOR

1926

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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