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minor league any league of professional sports teams in the United States that is not considered a major league, esp. in baseball.
minor order one of the four clerical ranks in the Roman Catholic Church. (Cf. major order.)
minor scale any diatonic musical scale in which there is a half-step between the second and third tones of the corresponding major scale.
minor suit in bridge, diamonds or clubs. (Cf. major suit.)
Minoru Yasui an American of Japanese descent who, during World War II, was one of few Japanese-Americans to openly violate curfew restrictions and defy the relocation orders of the U.S. Government. He challenged the constitutionality of the application of curfews to people based on their ethnicity, and his case eventually went to the Supreme Court, where he was unanimously ruled against in Yasui v. United States in 1943, in a companion case to Hirabayashi v. United States (b.1915--d.1986).
Minos in Greek mythology, king of Crete who imprisoned Daedalus and Daedalus's son Icarus.
Minotaur in Greek mythology, a monster that is half bull and half man, confined in the Cretan Labyrinth.
Minsk the capital of Belarus.
minstrel a medieval musician who traveled from place to place, singing songs and reciting verses. [3 definitions]
minstrel show a comic variety show performed by a troupe of actors in blackface.
minstrelsy the work or art of a minstrel. [3 definitions]
mint1 any of a variety of aromatic plants often cultivated as a source of fragrant oils for flavorings such as peppermint or spearmint. [2 definitions]
mint2 a factory or plant where money is produced under the authority of the government. [5 definitions]
mintage the act or process of coining money. [4 definitions]
mint jelly a jelly with mint flavoring, usu. served with lamb.
mint julep a tall, frosted alcoholic beverage made with bourbon or brandy, sugar, ice, and mint.
minuend in arithmetic, a number from which another number is subtracted. (Cf. subtrahend.)
minuet a slow, graceful dance in three-quarter time, popular in Europe and America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. [2 definitions]
minus made less by the subtraction of. [7 definitions]
minuscule so small as to be almost negligible; tiny. [4 definitions]
minus sign One action we do with numbers is to subtract one number from another number. An example of multiplying is "five minus three equals two." When we write this in numbers, we use something called a minus sign (-) between the first two numbers: 5 - 3. The minus sign tells us that what is going to happen with these two numbers is subtracting. Three is going to be taken away from five.