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minor adj
1 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" [ant: major]
2 lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance" [ant: major]
3 inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor" [ant: major]
4 of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor" [ant: major]
5 not of legal age; "minor children" [syn: nonaged, underage] [ant: major]
6 of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance" [ant: major]
7 of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization [ant: major]
8 of the younger of two boys with the same family name; "Jones minor" [syn: minor(ip)]
9 warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin" [syn: venial]
10 limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country" [syn: modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized] n : a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters" [syn: child, kid, youngster, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling]

User Contributed Dictionary



From minor


  • /maɪnə/



  1. of little significance or importance.
  2. : Of a musical scale in which some notes are sounded flat.



of little importance
musical scale


  1. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, it became my minor.
    • I became an English minor.




  1. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
    • I had so many credit hours of English, I decided to minor in it.



  1. comparative of parvus; lesser, inferior, smaller.



  1. I protrude


Extensive Definition

Minor means "not important", and in Latin "smaller". It may also may refer to:




  • Minor leagues, sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues
    • Minor league baseball, North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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