Meaning of MINOR in English


/ ˈmaɪnə(r); NAmE / adjective , noun , verb

■ adjective


[ usually before noun ] not very large, important or serious :

a minor road

minor injuries

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.

OPP major


( 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

—compare major

■ noun


( 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

■ verb


- minor in sth

—compare major



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.