Meaning of MINOR in English


I. mi ‧ nor 1 S2 W2 AC /ˈmaɪnə $ -ər/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: 'smaller' ]

1 . small and not very important or serious, especially when compared with other things OPP major :

We have made some minor changes to the program.

a relatively minor error

a minor road

They played only a minor role in local government.

minor injury/illness/operation etc (=one that is not very serious or dangerous)

He escaped with only minor injuries.

2 . based on a particular type of musical ↑ scale :

Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor

a minor key

II. minor 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . law someone who is below the age at which they become legally responsible for their actions:

This film contains material unsuitable for minors.

2 . American English the second main subject that you study at university for your degree OPP major :

I’m taking history as my minor.

3 . the minors the ↑ Minor Leagues

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▪ child someone who is not yet an adult. You don’t usually use child to talk about babies or teenagers:

Many children are scared of the dark.


He’s just a child.

▪ kid informal a child. Kid is the usual word to use in everyday spoken English:

We left the kids in the car.

▪ little boy/little girl a young male or female child:

I lived there when I was a little girl.


Little boys love dinosaurs.

▪ teenager someone between the ages of 13 and 19:

There’s not much for teenagers to do around here.

▪ adolescent a young person who is developing into an adult – used especially when talking about the problems these people have:

He changed from a cheerful child to a confused adolescent.

▪ youth especially disapproving a teenage boy – especially one who is violent and commits crimes:

He was attacked by a gang of youths.


a youth court

▪ youngster a child or young person – used especially by old people:

You youngsters have got your whole life ahead of you.


He’s a bright youngster with a good sense of humour.

▪ minor law someone who is not yet legally an adult:

It is illegal to sell alcohol to a minor.

III. minor 3 BrE AmE verb

minor in something phrasal verb

American English to study a second main subject as part of your university degree OPP major :

Sid majored in sociology and minored in political science.

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