minor, modest, small, small-scale, pocket-size, pocket-sized

(adjective) relatively moderate, limited, or small; “a small business”; “a newspaper with a modest circulation”; “small-scale plans”; “a pocket-size country”


(adjective) inferior in number or size or amount; “a minor share of the profits”; “Ursa Minor”


(adjective) lesser in scope or effect; “had minor differences”; “a minor disturbance”

minor, nonaged, underage

(adjective) not of legal age; “minor children”


(adjective) (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth degrees, and the seventh and eighth degrees; “the minor keys”; “in B flat minor”


(adjective) of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization


(adjective) 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”


(adjective) of lesser seriousness or danger; “suffered only minor injuries”; “some minor flooding”; “a minor tropical disturbance”

minor, venial

(adjective) warranting only temporal punishment; “venial sin”


(adjective) of the younger of two boys with the same family name; “Jones minor”

child, kid, youngster, minor, shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, fry, nestling

(noun) a young person of either sex; “she writes books for children”; “they’re just kids”; “‘tiddler’ is a British term for youngster”


(verb) have as one’s secondary field of study; “in collee she minored in mathematics”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



minor (comparative more minor, superlative most minor)

Of little significance or importance.

(music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered

(music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number


• See also insignificant

• See also small


• major


minor (plural minors)

A person who is below the age of majority, consent, criminal responsibility or other adult responsibilities and accountabilities.

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

(mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix

(British slang, dated) A younger brother (especially at a public school).

(zoology) A small worker in a leaf-cutter ant colony, sized between a minim and a media.

(logic) The term of a syllogism which forms the subject of the conclusion.

(campanology) Bell changes rung on six bells.


• (law): underage (adjective)


• (law): adult

• major


minor (third-person singular simple present minors, present participle minoring, simple past and past participle minored)

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.


• Miron, Morin, morin

Proper noun

Minor (plural Minors)

A surname.


• Miron, Morin, morin

Source: Wiktionary

Mi"nor, a. Etym: [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. mi to damage. Cf. Minish, Minister, Minus, Minute.]

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

2. (Mus.)

Definition: Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third. Asia Minor (Geog.), the Lesser Asia; that part of Asia which lies between the Euxine, or Black Sea, on the north, and the Mediterranean on the south.

– Minor mode (Mus.), that mode, or scale, in which the third and sixth are minor, -- much used for mournful and solemn subjects.

– Minor orders (Eccl.), the rank of persons employed in ecclesiastical offices who are not in holy orders, as doorkeepers, acolytes, etc.

– Minor scale (Mus.) The form of the minor scale is various. The strictly correct form has the third and sixth minor, with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, which involves an augmented second interval, or three semitones, between the sixth and seventh, as, 6/F, 7/G#, 8/A. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth and the seventh are sometimes made major in the ascending, and minor in the descending, scale, thus: --See Major.

– Minor term of syllogism (Logic), the subject of the conclusion.

Mi"nor, n.

1. 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.

Note: In hereditary monarchies, the minority of a sovereign ends at an earlier age than of a subject. The minority of a sovereign of Great Britain ends upon the completion of the eighteenth year of his age.

2. (Logic)

Definition: 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.

3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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