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Meaning of “minor” in the English Dictionary

"minor" in British English

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minoradjective

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/  us   /-nɚ/
  • minor adjective (UNIMPORTANT)

B2 having little ​importance, ​influence, or ​effect, ​especially when ​compared with other things of the same ​type: a minor operation It's only a minor problem. There's been an ​increase in minor offences, such as ​trafficviolations and ​pettytheft. She ​suffered only minor injuries. It ​requires a few minor ​adjustments. a minor ​poet of the 16th ​century

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  • minor adjective (MUSIC)

music belonging or ​relating to a ​musical scale that is ​generallythought to have a ​sadsound: The ​piece is written in a minor key. Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor

minornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/  us   /-nɚ/ legal

minorverb

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/  us   /-nɚ/
minor in sth US to ​study something as ​your second most ​importantsubject in ​college: I minored in ​Spanish in ​college.
(Definition of minor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"minor" in American English

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minoradjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·nər/
not ​great in ​size or ​importance: She ​suffered minor ​injuries in the ​accident. Waiting another ​halfhour was only a minor ​inconvenience.
music based on a ​scale (= ​series of ​musicalnotes) in which there is a ​wholestep (= ​sounddifference) between each ​note except between the second and third ​notes and between the fifth and sixth ​notes: a minor ​scale a minor ​chord

minornoun [C]

 us   /ˈmɑɪ·nər/
  • minor noun [C] (YOUNG PERSON)

a ​person under the ​age at which he or she ​legallybecomes an ​adult
  • minor noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

the second most ​importantsubject that a ​collegestudent is ​studying: I’m taking two ​courses in my minor, ​chemistry.
(Definition of minor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"minor" in Business English

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minoradjective

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnər/
having little ​importance, ​influence, or ​effect, especially when compared with similar things: It's only a minor problem. There are minor differences between the ​models, but they're basically the same. The ​vehicle only suffered minor ​damage. minor ​adjustments/​corrections/​modifications
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minornoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmaɪnər/
LAW someone who has not yet ​reached the age when they are ​legally an adult: It's ​illegal for adults to ​supply tobacco to minors.
(Definition of minor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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