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Meaning of MINOR

Pronunciation:  'mInur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a young person of either sex (between birth and puberty); "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
  2. [adj]  limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
  3. [adj]  inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
  4. [adj]  lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
  5. [adj]  (law) not of legal age; "minor children"
  6. [adj]  (music) of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
  7. [adj]  of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
  8. [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"
  9. [adj]  of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
  10. [adj]  (theology) warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin"

MINOR is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: child, fry, insignificant, kid, limited, modest, nestling, nipper, nonaged, pardonable, peanut, pocket-size, pocket-sized, secondary, shaver, small, small fry, small-scale, tiddler, tike, tyke, underage, venial, youngster
 Antonyms: major
 See Also: bairn, bambino, buster, changeling, child's body, foster-child, imp, juvenile, juvenile person, kiddy, monkey, orphan, picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny, preschooler, pupil, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp, schoolchild, silly, sprog, toddler, tot, urchin, waif, yearling



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mi"nor\, a. [L., a comparative with no positive; akin to
    AS. min small, G. minder less, OHG. minniro, a., min, adv.,
    Icel. minni, a., minnr, adv., Goth. minniza, a., mins, adv.,
    Ir. & Gael. min small, tender, L. minuere to lessen, Gr. ?,
    Skr. mi to damage. Cf. {Minish}, {Minister}, {Minus},
    1. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller;
       of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
    2. (Mus.) Less by a semitone in interval or difference of
       pitch; as, a minor third.
    {Asia Minor} (Geog.), the Lesser Asia; that part of Asia
       which lies between the Euxine, or Black Sea, on the north,
       and the Mediterranean on the south.
    {Minor mode} (Mus.), that mode, or scale, in which the third
       and sixth are minor, -- much used for mournful and solemn
    {Minor orders} (Eccl.), the rank of persons employed in
       ecclesiastical offices who are not in holy orders, as
       doorkeepers, acolytes, etc.
    {Minor scale} (Mus.) The form of the minor scale is various.
       The strictly correct form has the third and sixth minor,
       with a semitone between the seventh and eighth, which
       involves an augmented second interval, or three semitones,
       between the sixth and seventh, as, ^{6/F}, ^{7/G[sharp]},
       ^{8/A}. But, for melodic purposes, both the sixth and the
       seventh are sometimes made major in the ascending, and
       minor in the descending, scale, thus:
  2. \Mi"nor\, n.
    1. 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.
    Note: 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.
    2. (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.
    3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A person under the age of legal competence.
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