minor

Something that's minor is considered of low importance — a minor injury is not very serious, and a college student's minor subject is a secondary field of study. Likewise, the star constellation Ursa Major is a larger grouping than Ursa Minor.

The word minor has retained its spelling from the Latin. There, minor means something "lesser," and is related to the Latin word minuere, which means "to diminish." It is usually used as an adjective, but as a noun it gained the meaning "underage" in the 16th Century, and is now used to refer to children and teens under the age of legal responsibility. It is also used in musical terms to refer to a key that has a flatted third in its scale.

Primary Meanings of minor

1.
adj
inferior in number or size or amount
2.
adj
of a scale or mode
3.
adjn
not of legal age
a young person of either sex
Full Definitions of minor
1

adj inferior in number or size or amount

“a minor share of the profits”
“Ursa Minor
Antonyms:
major
greater in number or size or amount
better
more than half
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adj lesser in scope or effect

“had minor differences”
“a minor disturbance”
Antonyms:
major
greater in scope or effect

adj of lesser seriousness or danger

“suffered only minor injuries”
“some minor flooding”
“a minor tropical disturbance”
Antonyms:
major
of greater seriousness or danger

adj 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”
Synonyms:
insignificant, peanut
of little importance or influence or power; of minor status
secondary
not of major importance
Antonyms:
major
of greater importance or stature or rank
leading, prima, star, starring, stellar
indicating the most important performer or role
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adj limited in size or scope

Synonyms:
modest, pocket-size, pocket-sized, small, small-scale
limited
small in range or scope

adj of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization

Antonyms:
major
of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes

adj warranting only temporal punishment

Synonyms:
venial
pardonable
admitting of being pardoned
2

adj of a scale or mode

“the minor keys”
“in B flat minor
Antonyms:
major
of a scale or mode
3

adj not of legal age

minor children”
Synonyms:
nonaged, underage
Antonyms:
major
of full legal age

adj of the younger of two boys with the same family name

“Jones minor
Synonyms:
junior
younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service

n a young person of either sex

Synonyms:
child, fry, kid, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
Types:
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bairn
a child: son or daughter
buster
a robust child
changeling
a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child
a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
foster child, foster-child, fosterling
a child who is raised by foster parents
imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
one who is playfully mischievous
kiddy
a young child
orphan
a child who has lost both parents
peanut
a young child who is small for his age
poster child
a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler
a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
silly
a word used for misbehaving children
sprog
a child
bambino, toddler, tot, yearling
a young child
urchin
a poor and often mischievous city child
street child, waif
a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
foster daughter, foster-daughter
someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
foster son, foster-son
someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth
poster boy
a male poster child
poster girl
a female poster child
ragamuffin, tatterdemalion
a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
guttersnipe, street urchin
a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
brat, holy terror, little terror, terror
a very troublesome child
Type of:
juvenile, juvenile person
a young person, not fully developed

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