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Definition of 'minor'


  1. a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngsters"
       Synonyms: child kid youngster shaver nipper small fry tiddler tike tyke fry nestling


  1. of lesser importance or stature or rank; "a minor poet"; "had a minor part in the play"; "a minor official"; "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen"; "minor back roads"
       Antonyms: major
  2. lesser in scope or effect; "had minor differences"; "a minor disturbance"
       Antonyms: major
  3. inferior in number or size or amount; "a minor share of the profits"; "Ursa Minor"
       Antonyms: major
  4. of a scale or mode; "the minor keys"; "in B flat minor"
       Antonyms: major
  5. not of legal age; "minor children"
       Synonyms: nonaged underage
       Antonyms: major
  6. of lesser seriousness or danger; "suffered only minor injuries"; "some minor flooding"; "a minor tropical disturbance"
       Antonyms: major
  7. of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
       Antonyms: major
  8. of the younger of two boys with the same family name; "Jones minor"
  9. warranting only temporal punishment; "venial sin"
       Synonyms: venial
  10. limited in size or scope; "a small business"; "a newspaper with a modest circulation"; "small-scale plans"; "a pocket-size country"
       Synonyms: modest small small-scale pocket-size pocket-sized

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