Meaning of MINOR in English
/ ˈmaɪnə(r); NAmE / adjective , noun , verb
[ usually before noun ] not very large, important or serious :
a minor road
to undergo minor surgery
youths imprisoned for minor offences
There may be some minor changes to the schedule.
Women played a relatively minor role in the organization.
( music ) based on a scale in which the third note is a semitone / half tone higher than the second note :
the key of C minor
( law ) a person who is under the age at which you legally become an adult and are responsible for your actions :
It is an offence to serve alcohol to minors.
( especially NAmE ) a subject that you study at university in addition to your major
- minor in sth
Middle English : from Latin , smaller, less ; related to minuere lessen. The term originally denoted a Franciscan friar, suggested by the Latin name Fratres Minores (Lesser Brethren), chosen by St Francis for the order.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005