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minor

mi·nor

minor

 
 
pronunciation:
maI nr
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, intransitive verb
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being of lesser importance or seriousness than others of the same kind.
It may be a minor problem, but we still have to find a solution.He was one of the minor poets of the romantic movement.Why are you pestering me with minor details?The accident caused only minor injuries.She played one of the minor roles in the film.
synonyms:
insignificant, unimportant
antonyms:
big, big-time, considerable, crucial, fundamental, grand, great, important, leading, main, major, nasty, salient, serious, severe
similar words:
ancillary, incidental, inconsequential, inconsiderable, lesser, Mickey Mouse, negligible, niggling, nugatory, paltry, petty, picayune, secondary, slight, small, subordinate, subsidiary, trifling, trivial
definition 2: relatively small in size, distance, or amount.
The sun is a minor star in the Milky Way galaxy.
synonyms:
lesser, small
antonyms:
major
similar words:
less
definition 3: under the age of a legal adult.
Many of those arrested for shoplifting last year were minor females.
synonyms:
juvenile
antonyms:
adult
similar words:
adolescent, boyish, childish, girlish, infantile, puerile, youthful
definition 4: in music, designating an interval that is less by a semitone or half-step than the corresponding major interval.
The piece begins with a minor chord.
similar words:
tonal
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person under the legal age of adulthood.
Because he is a minor, he will receive a less severe punishment.
synonyms:
juvenile
antonyms:
adult
similar words:
adolescent, boy, child, dependent, girl, kid, teen-ager, youngster, youth
definition 2: a secondary course of study in a college. (Cf. major.)
Her major is political science, but she's also pursuing a minor in history.
similar words:
concentration, course, curriculum
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: minored, minoring, minors
definition: to pursue a secondary or minor course of study. (Cf. major.)
He minored in religion.
similar words:
concentrate, study
Homophone Note
The words minor and miner (one who mines something) sound alike but have different meanings.
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Word Parts
The word minor contains the following part:
min Latin root that means small; make smaller
synonyms:
micro-
antonyms:
magn, magna, magni, maxi, mega, megal, megalo, -megaly, macro-