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Meaning & Definition of Minor in English

English

Minor

/maɪnər/

noun

1. A young person of either sex

  • "She writes books for children"
  • "They're just kids"
  • "`tiddler' is a british term for youngster"
    synonym:
  • child
  • ,
  • kid
  • ,
  • youngster
  • ,
  • minor
  • ,
  • shaver
  • ,
  • nipper
  • ,
  • small fry
  • ,
  • tiddler
  • ,
  • tike
  • ,
  • tyke
  • ,
  • fry
  • ,
  • nestling

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • minor

2. Lesser in scope or effect

  • "Had minor differences"
  • "A minor disturbance"
    synonym:
  • minor

3. Inferior in number or size or amount

  • "A minor share of the profits"
  • "Ursa minor"
    synonym:
  • minor

4. Of a scale or mode

  • "The minor keys"
  • "In b flat minor"
    synonym:
  • minor

5. Not of legal age

  • "Minor children"
    synonym:
  • minor
  • ,
  • nonaged
  • ,
  • underage

6. Of lesser seriousness or danger

  • "Suffered only minor injuries"
  • "Some minor flooding"
  • "A minor tropical disturbance"
    synonym:
  • minor

7. Of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization

    synonym:
  • minor

8. Of the younger of two boys with the same family name

  • "Jones minor"
    synonym:
  • minor(ip)

9. Warranting only temporal punishment

  • "Venial sin"
    synonym:
  • minor
  • ,
  • venial

10. Limited in size or scope

  • "A small business"
  • "A newspaper with a modest circulation"
  • "Small-scale plans"
  • "A pocket-size country"
    synonym:
  • minor
  • ,
  • modest
  • ,
  • small
  • ,
  • small-scale
  • ,
  • pocket-size
  • ,
  • pocket-sized

Examples of using

My watch needs only minor repairs.
The house only needs minor repairs.
In Germany you're a minor if you're younger than 100 years old.