• Minor


    • IPA: /maɪnə/
    • Homophones: miner, mynah non-rhotic accents

    Alternative forms


    From Latin minor ("rather small")

    Full definition of minor



    1. Of little significance or importance.The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
      • Schuster Hepaticae V|viiiThere is now such an immense "microliterature" on hepatics that, beyond a certain point I have given up trying to integrate (and evaluate) every minor paper published—especially narrowly floristic papers.
    2. (music) Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowereda minor scale.
    3. (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number





    (plural minors)
    1. 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. 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.
    3. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix



    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.


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