Meaning of MINOR in English



Pronunciation: ' m ī -n ə r

Function: adjective

Etymology: Latin, smaller, inferior; akin to Old High German minniro smaller, Latin minuere to lessen

Date: 1526

1 : inferior in importance, size, or degree : comparatively unimportant

2 : not having reached majority

3 a : having half steps between the second and third, the fifth and sixth, and sometimes the seventh and eighth degrees < minor scale> b : based on a minor scale < minor key> c : less by a semitone than the corresponding major interval < minor third> d : having a minor third above the root < minor triad>

4 : not serious or involving risk to life < minor illness>

5 : of or relating to an academic subject requiring fewer courses than a major

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.