minor: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (mī'nur), [key]
— adj.
  1. lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor share.
  2. not serious, important, etc.: a minor wound; a minor role.
  3. having low rank, status, position, etc.: a minor official.
  4. under the legal age of full responsibility.
  5. of or pertaining to a field of study constituting a student's minor.
    1. (of an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the corresponding major interval.
    2. (of a chord) having a minor third between the root and the note next above it.
  6. of or pertaining to the minority.
  7. (cap.) (of two male students in an English public school who have the same surname) being the younger or lower in standing: Jackson Minor sits over here.
  1. a person under the legal age of full responsibility.
  2. a person of inferior rank or importance in a specified group, class, etc.
    1. a subject or a course of study pursued by a student, esp. a candidate for a degree, subordinately or supplementarily to a major or principal subject or course.
    2. a subject for which less credit than a major is granted in college or, occasionally, in high school.
  3. a minor interval, chord, scale, etc.
  4. the determinant of the matrix formed by crossing out the row and column containing a given element in a matrix.
  5. (cap.) See
  6. the minor leagues.
  1. to choose or study as a secondary academic subject or course: to major in sociology and minor in art history.


Pronunciation: (mī'nur), [key]
— n.
  1. a male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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