minor

adjective
mi·​nor | \ ˈmī-nər How to pronounce minor (audio) \

Definition of minor

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : inferior in importance, size, or degree : comparatively unimportant a minor artist
2 : not having reached majority (see majority sense 2) He is the father of minor children.
3a : 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 his minor subjects for his M.A. were plant ecology and entomologyCurrent Biography

minor

noun

Definition of minor (Entry 2 of 3)

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
3a : 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 minors plural : minor league baseball used with the

minor

verb
minored; minoring; minors

Definition of minor (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to take courses in a minor subject

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Synonyms & Antonyms for minor

Synonyms: Adjective

inferior, junior, less, lesser, lower, smaller, subordinate

Antonyms: Adjective

greater, higher, major, more, primary, prime, senior, superior, superordinate

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Examples of minor in a Sentence

Adjective

Her role in the project was minor. I'm not worried about minor details. The grant covered only a minor part of the cost. The delay will be minor. He suffered a minor heart attack.

Noun

families with children who are still minors The nightclub was shut down for selling alcohol to a minor. She majored in chemistry with a minor in biology.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The same with veteran receiver Jarvis Landry, who is not on the field because of a minor injury, but had been taking part in meetings. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Browns & Odell Beckham: What really matters? – Terry Pluto," 7 June 2019 No one was hurt, but Stinson was taken to Memorial Hospital West for treatment of minor injuries and the mental health assessment under the state’s Baker Act law. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "No bond for ex-educator, school board member accused of exchanging gunfire with cops," 7 June 2019 The car overturned and the woman was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, the department said. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Woman, Baltimore County firefighter injured in Parkville after car crashes into building," 6 June 2019 His passenger, 20-year-old Semaj Jackson, Beason’s roommate, was treated for minor injuries at the same hospital, the release said. Courier-news Staff, Elgin Courier-News, "Burlington man, 20, killed after losing control of car in unincorporated Elgin," 6 June 2019 The driver and another passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, according to the sheriff’s office. oregonlive.com, "1 student killed, 2 others injured in Lincoln County crash," 6 June 2019 Deputy Fire Chief Jon Canavan said the vehicle’s occupant was not injured, although Toner said the driver had unspecified minor injuries. Debra Bleile, Pomerado News, "Solo crash knocks out power in Poway," 6 June 2019 Veterans have been filing in since last weekend, although several, like defender Aaron Long, midfielder Michael Bradley and forwards Jordan Morris and Gyasi Zardes, are carrying minor injuries. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Pulisic, Adams, McKennie Headline USMNT's Gold Cup Roster; Sargent Cut," 6 June 2019 No one was injured on set but a crew member outside the stage sustained a minor injury. Washington Post, "Explosion on ‘Bond 25’ set causes injury, damage to studio," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2014, during the last wave of unaccompanied minors, more than 137,000 children and family members were arrested. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "Eagle Pass erects migrant tents amid massive migrant surge," 5 June 2019 Of course, there are terms and conditions to keep in mind as well, the foremost being that this sale does not apply to unaccompanied minors, and all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Kids Fly Free on SAS," 7 Dec. 2018 The legislation Baker signed this month prevents these kinds of abuses by banning the enforcement of noncompete agreements against minors, students, and low-wage workers generally. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 But there is a sweet spot between making young players earn their time from the minors or the bench and letting them figure it out among the big boys. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Did Detroit Red Wings help or hurt rebuild with veteran signings?," 8 July 2018 In foreign countries, refugees, particularly minors, encounter a litany of new dangers. Robin Hammond, National Geographic, "After Fleeing War, Refugee Children Face Lasting Psychological Trauma," 20 June 2018 Aside from bans on religious teaching for minors and removal of signs promoting halal food, mosques were asked to stop sounding calls to prayer over loudspeakers and required to fly the Chinese national flag. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018 This comes amid the debate of what to do with minors who cross the border illegally. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Texas won’t use taxpayer funds to educate illegal immigrants held at the border," 2 Oct. 2018 Unaccompanied minors who are under 18 have certain protections, like more comfortable living situations and connection to their families, that undocumented immigrants over 18 are not provided. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "ICE Is Detaining Teens on Their 18th Birthdays," 24 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 1948 George graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts College (now University), majoring in biology and chemistry, minoring in physics. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/13," 13 July 2018 Lazaro, who majored in Sports Management and minored in Marketing, graduated from FIU on April 28. Walter Villa, miamiherald, "In a year in which FIU baseball swept UM, find out which Panther shocked a Canes star," 29 May 2018 But the book will also contain Ben's perspective; though now a skilled woodworker, Ben actually majored in history and minored in English and creative writing. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Golly, Y'all! Home Town's Erin and Ben Napier Just Scored Their First Book Deal," 29 Mar. 2018 Yet virtually all of them matriculated to college, with 30 percent at top 100 national universities, and 85 percent majoring or minoring in computer science. Christina Lewis, The Root, "Change Your Life by Celebrating Failure," 19 Mar. 2018 Clark started his radio career in 1945 after minoring in radio at Syracuse. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar 2018 NCAA tournament celebrity alumni bracket," 12 Mar. 2018 Hefner graduated in 1949 and also double-minored in creative writing and art. Kate Beckman, Cosmopolitan, "15 Things You Never Knew About Hugh Hefner," 25 June 2015 T-Bob graduated from LSU with a degree in general studies, but he also may have minored in general mayhem. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "When is more information TMI? T-Bob Hebert asks, no ifs, ands, or butts ...," 9 Aug. 2017 Additionally, Rose is charged with three misdemeanors: reckless endangerment, attempt to elude and minor in possession of alcohol. Ashley Remkus, AL.com, "Athens man accused of attacking ex-wife, kidnapping their 10-month-old baby during home break-in," 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of minor

Adjective

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minor

Adjective and Noun

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

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minor

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of minor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not very important or valuable
: small in number, quantity, or extent
: not very serious : not causing much trouble or damage

minor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of minor (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who is not yet old enough to have the rights of an adult
US : a second subject studied by a college or university student in addition to a main subject

minor

adjective
mi·​nor | \ ˈmī-nər How to pronounce minor (audio) \

Kids Definition of minor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not great in size, importance, or seriousness minor details a minor injury
2 : of or relating to a musical scale having the third tone lowered a half step

minor

noun

Kids Definition of minor (Entry 2 of 2)

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

minor

adjective
mi·​nor | \ ˈmī-nər How to pronounce minor (audio) \

Medical Definition of minor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not serious or involving risk to life minor illness a minor operation — compare major

minor

noun

Medical Definition of minor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

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minor

noun
mi·​nor

Legal Definition of minor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

minor

adjective

Legal Definition of minor (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : being less important or serious a minor official a minor offense
b : involving, relating to, or dealing with less important matters
2 : having the status of a minor minor children

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