from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lesser or smaller in amount, extent, or size.
- adj. Lesser in importance, rank, or stature: a minor politician.
- adj. Lesser in seriousness or danger: a minor injury.
- adj. Law Being under legal age; not yet a legal adult.
- adj. Chiefly British Relating to or being the younger or junior of two pupils with the same surname.
- adj. Of or relating to a secondary area of academic specialization.
- adj. Logic Dealing with a more restricted category.
- adj. Music Relating to or being a minor scale.
- adj. Music Less in distance by a half step than the corresponding major interval.
- adj. Music Based on a minor scale: a minor key.
- n. One that is lesser in comparison with others of the same class.
- n. Law One who has not reached full legal age.
- n. A secondary area of specialized academic study, requiring fewer courses or credits than a major.
- n. One studying in a secondary area of specialization: She is a physics minor.
- n. Logic A minor premise.
- n. Logic A minor term.
- n. Music A minor key, scale, or interval.
- n. Sports The minor leagues of a sport, especially baseball.
- intransitive v. To pursue academic studies in a minor field: minored in music.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of little significance or importance.
- adj. Of a scale which has lowered scale degrees three, six, and seven relative to major, but with the sixth and seventh not always lowered
- adj. being the smaller of the two intervals denoted by the same ordinal number
- n. A person who is below the legal age of responsibility or accountability.
- n. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
- n. determinant of a square submatrix
- v. To choose or have an area of secondary concentration as a student in a college or university.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account.
- adj. Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch.
- n. A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.
- n. The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
- n. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Smaller (than the other); less; lesser: applied definitively to one of two units or parts, and opposed to major or greater: as, the minor axis of an ellipse: the minor premise of a syllogism; the minor part of an estate.
- Smaller than others; of inferior rank or degree; lower; hence, small; inconsiderable; not capital, serious, or weighty: as, the minor officers of government; a minor canon; the minor points of an argument; minor faults or considerations.
- Under age.
- In music: Of intervals, less; shorter; smaller (as compared with major intervals).
- Of tonalities and scales, characterized by a minor third and also usually by a minor sixth, and often a minor seventh: opposed to major. See key, tonality, scale
- of triads and chords generally, characterized by a minor third between the lowest and the next to the lowest tones: opposed to major. See triad, and chord
- Of modes, characterized by the use of a minor tonality and of minor cadences: as, the piece is written throughout in the minor mode: opposed to major. See major
- n. A person of either sex who is under age; one who is of less than the legal age for the performance of certain acts; one under the authority of parents or guardians, because of not having reached the age at which the law permits one to make contracts and manage one's own property; an infant in the legal sense
- n. In logic, the minor term, or the minor premise. See I.
- n. In music, the minor mode or a minor tonality or minor chord taken absolutely.
- n. [capitalized] A Franciscan friar; a Minorite: so called from a name of the Franciscan order, Fratres Minores, or Lesser Brethren. Also called Friar Minor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. warranting only temporal punishment
- adj. limited in size or scope
- adj. of lesser importance or stature or rank
- adj. of a scale or mode
- adj. lesser in scope or effect
- adj. not of legal age
- adj. of lesser seriousness or danger
- n. a young person of either sex
- adj. of the younger of two boys with the same family name
- adj. of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
- adj. inferior in number or size or amount
Middle English, from Latin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin minor ("rather small") (Wiktionary)