minor Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a young person of either sex
tiddler; nipper; tyke; small fry; nestling; youngster; child; fry; shaver; tike; kid.
- she writes books for children
- they're just kids
- `tiddler' is a British term for youngster
adjective of lesser importance or stature or rank
- a minor poet
- had a minor part in the play
- a minor official
- many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen
- minor back roads
adjective lesser in scope or effect
- had minor differences
- a minor disturbance
adjective inferior in number or size or amount
- a minor share of the profits
- Ursa Minor
adjective of a scale or mode
- the minor keys
- in B flat minor
adjective not of legal age
- minor children
adjective of lesser seriousness or danger
- suffered only minor injuries
- some minor flooding
- a minor tropical disturbance
adjective of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
adjective satellite of the younger of two boys with the same family name
- Jones minor
adjective satellite warranting only temporal punishment
- venial sin
adjective satellite limited in size or scope
pocket-size; pocket-sized; modest; small; small-scale.
- a small business
- a newspaper with a modest circulation
- small-scale plans
- a pocket-size country
EtymologyL., a comparative with no positive; akin to AS.
Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as,. minordivisions of a body
(Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a. minorthird
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. ✍ In hereditary monarchies, the minority of a sovereign ends at an earlier age than of a subject. The minority of a sovereign of Great Britain ends upon the completion of the eighteenth year of his age.
(Logic) 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.
A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.