minor


minor
minor [mī′nər]
adj.
[ME menour < L minor < IE * minu-, small < base * mei-, to lessen > Gr meiōn, less, ON minni, smaller]
1.
a) lesser in size, amount, number, or extent
b) lesser in importance or rank
2. under full legal age (usually either eighteen or twenty-one years)
3. Archaic constituting the minority: said of a party, etc.
4. sad; melancholy; plaintive: from the identification in Occidental music of the minor key with such qualities
5. Educ. designating or of a field of study in which students specialize, but less so than in their major
6. Music
a) designating an imperfect interval smaller than the corresponding major interval by a semitone
b) characterized by minor intervals, scales, etc. [the minor key]
c) designating a triad having a minor third
d) based on the scale pattern of the minor mode: see MINOR SCALE
vi.
Educ. to make some subject one's minor field of study [to minor in art]
n.
1. a person under full legal age, who has not yet acquired all civil rights
2. Educ. a minor subject or field of study
3. Music a minor interval, key, etc.
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☆ the minors
the minor leagues, esp. in baseball

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