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"minor" in British English

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minoradjective

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us   /ˈmaɪ.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 traffic violations and petty theft. 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 generally thought to have a sad sound: The piece is written in a minor key. Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor

minornoun [C]

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us   /ˈmaɪ.nɚ/ legal

minorverb

uk   /ˈmaɪ.nər/ us   /ˈmaɪ.nɚ/
minor in sth US
to study something as your second most important subject 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 half hour was only a minor inconvenience.
music based on a scale (= series of musical notes) in which there is a whole step (= sound difference) 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 legally becomes an adult
  • minor noun [C] (SPECIAL SUBJECT)

the second most important subject that a college student 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   /ˈmaɪnər/ us  
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   /ˈmaɪnər/ us  
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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“minor” in Business English

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