Definitions for minorˈmaɪ nər
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word minor
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
lesser, as in size, extent, or amount, or being or noting the lesser of two:
a minor share.
lesser, as in seriousness, importance, or rank:
a minor wound; a minor role.
under full legal age.
of or pertaining to a student's academic minor.
(of a musical interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding major interval. (of a chord) containing a minor third. based on a minor scale:
a minor key.
Category: Music and Dance
of or pertaining to the minority.
(n.)a person under full legal age.
a subject or course of study pursued secondarily to a major subject or course.
a minor musical interval, chord, scale, etc.
Category: Music and Dance
the minors, the minor leagues.
(v.i.)to choose or study as a secondary academic subject or course:
to minor in biology.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Education
Origin of minor:
1250–1300; ME < L: smaller, less; akin to OE min small, Skt mīnāti (he) diminishes
child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling(adj)
a young person of either sex
"she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
of lesser importance or stature or rank
"a minor poet"; "had a minor part in the play"; "a minor official"; "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; "minor back roads"
lesser in scope or effect
"had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
inferior in number or size or amount
"a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
of a scale or mode
"the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
minor, nonaged, underage(adj)
not of legal age
of lesser seriousness or danger
"suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
of the younger of two boys with the same family name
warranting only temporal punishment
minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized(adj)
limited in size or scope
"a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
not very important or severe
a minor traffic accident; minor changes; The problems were minor compared to last time.
sb who is not legally an adult
the offense of selling alcohol to minors
a subject that appears on sb's college degree that is less important than a major
My minor was in Psychology.
to study an academic subject in order to receive a minor
I minored in Psychology.
A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
It is illegal to sell weapons to minors under the age of eighteen.
A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
determinant of a square submatrix
To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
Of little significance or importance.
The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered
a minor scale.
being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number
Origin: From minor
inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body
less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third
a person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age
the minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness
a Minorite; a Franciscan friar
In law, a minor is a person under a certain age — usually the age of majority — which legally demarcates childhood from adulthood; the age depends upon jurisdiction and application, but is generally 18. "Minor" may also be used in contexts not connected to the overall age of majority; for example, the drinking age in the United States is 21, and people below this age are sometimes referred to as "minors" even if 18. The term underage is often used to refer to those under the age of majority, but may also refer to persons who are under a certain age limit, such as the drinking age, smoking age, age of consent, marriageable age, driving age, voting age etc., with these age limits often being different than the age of majority. The concept of "minor" is not sharply defined in most jurisdictions. The ages of criminal responsibility and consent, the age at which attendance at school ceases to be obligatory, the age at which legally binding contracts can be entered into, and so on, may all be different. In many countries, including Australia, India, Philippines, Brazil, Croatia and Colombia, a minor is defined as a person under the age of 18. In the United States, where the age of majority is set by the individual states, minor usually refers to someone under the age of 18, but can in some states be used in certain areas to define someone under the age of 21. In the criminal justice system in some places, "minor" is not entirely consistent, as a minor may be tried and punished for a crime either as a "juvenile" or, usually only for "extremely serious crimes" such as murder, as an "adult".
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Rank popularity for the word 'minor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2480
Rank popularity for the word 'minor' in Adjectives Frequency: #290
Translations for minor
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
less, or little, in importance, size etc
Always halt when driving from a minor road on to a major road; She has to go into hospital for a minor operation.
- pouco importantePortuguese (BR)
- menší, vedlejšíCzech
- μικρός, ασήμαντος, δευτερεύωνGreek
- secondaire, mineur, petitFrench
- छोटा, लघुHindi
- minore, secondarioItalian
- (より) 小さいJapanese
- 보다 작은, 중요하지 않은Korean
- mazāks; mazsvarīgāksLatvian
- mindre (betydelig), underordnetNorwegian
- (po)mniejszy, niewielki, drobnyPolish
- pouco importantePortuguese
- minor, secundar, neimportantRomanian
- незначительный; второстепенныйRussian
- menší, vedľajšíSlovak
- manj pomembenSlovenian
- küçük, ufak, önemsizTurkish
- 較小的，次要的Chinese (Trad.)
- اہمیت، حجم وغیرہ میں کمUrdu
- nhỏ; thứ yếuVietnamese
- 较小的，次要的Chinese (Simp.)
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