|1.||lesser or secondary in amount, extent, importance, or degree: a minor poet; minor burns|
|2.||of or relating to the minority|
|3.||below the age of legal majority|
|a. harmonic minor scale See also melodic minor scale (of a scale) having a semitone between the second and third and fifth and sixth degrees (natural minor)|
|b. (of a key) based on the minor scale|
|c. (postpositive) denoting a specified key based on the minor scale: C minor|
|d. (of an interval) reduced by a semitone from the major|
|e. (of a chord, esp a triad) having a minor third above the root|
|f. minor key See also minor mode (esp in jazz) of or relating to a chord built upon a minor triad and containing a minor seventh: a minor ninth|
|5.||logic (of a term or premise) having less generality or scope than another term or proposition|
|6.||(US) education of or relating to an additional secondary subject taken by a student|
|7.||(Brit) (immediately postpositive) the younger or junior: sometimes used after the surname of a schoolboy if he has an older brother in the same school: Hunt minor|
|8.||(postpositive) bell-ringing of, relating to, or denoting a set of changes rung on six bells: grandsire minor|
|9.||a person or thing that is lesser or secondary|
|10.||a person below the age of legal majority|
|11.||(US), (Canadian) education a subsidiary subject in which a college or university student needs fewer credits than in his or her major|
|12.||music a minor key, chord, mode, or scale|
|13.||logic a minor term or premise|
|a. a determinant associated with a particular element of a given determinant and formed by removing the row and column containing that element|
|b. cofactor, Also called: signed minor the number equal to this reduced determinant|
|15.||(capital) another name for Minorite|
|—vb (usually foll by in)|
|16.||(US) education to take a minor|
|[C13: from Latin: less, smaller; related to Old High German minniro smaller, Gothic minniza least, Latin minuere to diminish, Greek meiōn less]|
minor mi·nor (mī'nər)
Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
Lesser in seriousness or danger.
person below the legal age of majority or adulthood. The age of majority varies in different countries, and even in different jurisdictions within a country. It also differs with the type of activity concerned, such as marrying, purchasing alcohol, or driving an automobile. Twenty-one years is a common division between minors and adults.
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