see also: Minor
  • (nonrhotic) IPA: /ˈmaɪnə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmaɪnɚ/


  1. Of little significance or importance.
    The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page viii:
      There 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 lowered
    a minor scale
  3. (music) being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number
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  • Russian: ма́лый

minor (plural minors)

  1. A person who is below the age of majority, consent, criminal responsibility or other adult responsibilities and accountabilities.
    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
  4. (British slang, dated) A younger brother (especially at a public school).
  5. (zoology) A small worker in a leaf-cutter ant colony, sized between a minim and a media.
  6. (logic) The term of a syllogism which forms the subject of the conclusion.
  7. (campanology) Bell changes rung on six bells.
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  • German: Nebenfach
  • Russian: непро́фильный предме́т

minor (minors, present participle minoring; past and past participle minored)

  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.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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