(noun, adjective, verb)


1. of lesser importance or stature or rank

- a minor poet

- had a minor part in the play

- a minor official

Similar word(s): insignificant, peanut, secondary

2. lesser in scope or effect

- had minor differences

- a minor disturbance

3. inferior in number or size or amount

- a minor share of the profits

- Ursa Minor

4. (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth degrees, and the seventh and eighth degrees

- the minor keys

- in B flat minor

5. not of legal age

- minor children

Similar word(s): nonaged, underage

6. of lesser seriousness or danger

- suffered only minor injuries

- some minor flooding

- a minor tropical disturbance

7. of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization

8. of the younger of two boys with the same family name

- Jones minor

Similar word(s): junior

9. warranting only temporal punishment

Similar word(s): pardonable, venial

10. relatively moderate, limited, or small

Similar word(s): limited, modest, small

Sentences with minor as an adjective:

- The physical appearance of a candidate is a minor factor in recruitment.

- a minor scale.


1. a young person of either sex

Similar word(s): child, fry, kid, nestling, nipper, shaver, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

Definition categories: person, juvenile

Sentences with minor as a noun:

- It is illegal to sell weapons to minors under the age of eighteen.


1. have as one's secondary field of study

- in collee she minored in mathematics

Definition categories: cognition, study