What does minor mean?

Definitions for minor
ˈmaɪ nərmi·nor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word minor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. minor(adj)

    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"

  3. minor(adj)

    lesser in scope or effect

    "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"

  4. minor(adj)

    inferior in number or size or amount

    "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"

  5. minor(adj)

    of a scale or mode

    "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"

  6. minor, nonaged, underage(adj)

    not of legal age

    "minor children"

  7. minor(adj)

    of lesser seriousness or danger

    "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"

  8. minor(adj)

    of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization

  9. minor(ip)(adj)

    of the younger of two boys with the same family name

    "Jones minor"

  10. minor, venial(adj)

    warranting only temporal punishment

    "venial sin"

  11. 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"


  1. minor(Noun)

    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.

  2. minor(Noun)

    A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.

  3. minor(Noun)

    determinant of a square submatrix

  4. minor(Verb)

    To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.

  5. minor(Adjective)

    Of little significance or importance.

    The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.

  6. minor(Adjective)

    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.

  7. minor(Adjective)

    being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number

  8. Origin: From minor

Webster Dictionary

  1. Minor(adj)

    inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body

  2. Minor(adj)

    less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third

  3. Minor(noun)

    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

  4. Minor(noun)

    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

  5. Minor(noun)

    a Minorite; a Franciscan friar

  6. Origin: [L., a comparative with no positive; akin to AS. min small, G. minder less, OHG. minniro, a., min, adv., Icel. minni, a., minnr, adv., Goth. minniza, a., mins, adv., Ir. & Gael. min small, tender, L. minuere to lessen, Gr. miny`qein, Skr. mi to damage. Cf. Minish, Minister, Minus, Minute.]


  1. Minor

    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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Minor

    mī′nor, adj. smaller: less: inferior in importance, degree, bulk, &c.: inconsiderable: lower: (mus.) smaller by a semitone.—n. a person under age (21 years): (logic) the term of a syllogism which forms the subject of the conclusion.—n. Mī′norite, a Franciscan friar.—adj. belonging to the Franciscans.—n. Minor′ity, the state of being under age (also Mī′norship): the smaller of two parts of a number: a number less than half:—opp. to Majority.—Minor canon, a canon of inferior grade who assists in performing the daily choral service in a cathedral; Minor mode or scale, the mode or scale in music which has the third note only three semitones above the key; Minor premise, the premise which contains the minor term; Minor prophets, the name given to the twelve prophets from Hosea to Malachi inclusive. [L., neut. minus.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. minor

    Under age. Minors will not be enlisted in the army of the United States without the consent of their parents or guardians. If any have enlisted and it becomes known, the Secretary of War, on demand, is required to grant the discharges from the army of minors who have enlisted without the consent of their parents or guardians.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2233

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2480

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'minor' in Adjectives Frequency: #290

How to pronounce minor?

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How to say minor in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of minor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of minor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of minor in a Sentence

  1. Lopez Obrador:

    The seaweed is a minor issue.

  2. Bob Dorfman:

    I'd call this a minor sprain for Nike.

  3. Johann von Goethe:

    A clever man commits no minor blunders.

  4. John Scudder:

    Even a single sale to a minor is one too many.

  5. De Paoli:

    We are currently active on some minor disposals.

Images & Illustrations of minor

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Translations for minor

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  • minderjarigeAfrikaans
  • قاصرArabic
  • vedlejšíCzech
  • plant dan oedWelsh
  • bifag, ubetydelig, mol, mindreårig, mindreDanish
  • unbedeutend, geringfügig, moll, klein, Minderjährige, Minderjähriger, gering, minderjährige Person, Nebenfach, geringerGerman
  • μικρή, μινόρε, ήσσων, ελάσσων, ασήμαντοςGreek
  • menor de edad, menorSpanish
  • کسی که زیر سن قانونی استPersian
  • molli, sivuaineopiskelija, suorittaa, vähämerkityksinen, vähäinen, alaikäinen, sivuaineFinnish
  • mineurFrench
  • नाबालिगHindi
  • kisebbHungarian
  • minorIndonesian
  • minoreItalian
  • קַטִיןHebrew
  • 未成年者, マイナーJapanese
  • 미성년자Korean
  • minderjarige, onbelangrijk, bijvakDutch
  • menor, menor de idadePortuguese
  • ма́лый, второстепе́нный, малоле́тний, [[непро́фильный]] [[предме́т]], мино́рный, несовершенноле́тний, незначи́тельный, незначительныйRussian
  • underårigSwedish
  • சிறியTamil
  • küçük, reşit olmayan, ergin olmayan, tâlî, rüşte ermemiş, yardımcı, minör, ikincilTurkish
  • неповнолітнійUkrainian
  • معمولیUrdu
  • 次要Chinese

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